Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a fatal shooting early Sunday morning
at a motorcycle club party on the city's east side.
Neil Whitehead, 26, was shot in the head at about 4:15 a.m., 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
Whitehead was one of several hundred people attending the private party at an industrial
building on Rose Avenue. Columbus police Sgt. Dana Norman estimated that as many as 400
partygoers were there when gunfire erupted.
Norman said officers were investigating a report of a fight when they heard gunfire and found
Whitehead lying wounded.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, McEntyre reported.
Police said they arrested and charged Brandon Chukes, 26, with the slaying.
Chukes was expected to face a judge on Monday.
A member of the Heavy Metal Motorcycle Club, who asked not to be identified, told 10TV News on
Sunday that the gathering was a private party hosted by the group at its clubhouse.
He said the shooting was senseless. He also stressed that his club is not a gang, and its
members do not tolerate weapons or violence.
"We don't allow weapons. When you come here you be searched down," he said. "If you
got a weapon, you be turned right back out."
The man said he did not know how a gun got into the party early Sunday morning, but he said the
club has hosted many parties at the location without incident.
Bonnie Cooper, who lives nearby, said there have been no prior issues with the club or its
"The only thing we hear is just the noise from the motorcycles," she said. "They haven't
given us any trouble or anything."
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