Violence erupted Friday morning in an east Columbus neighborhood. A man was run down by a car, then shot repeatedly.
Police raced to the scene before the suspect could make his getaway in a van because neighbors called 911, giving a disturbing blow-by-blow account of the brutal crime unfolding before their very eyes.
Caller: There's a white van. This guy running over him; getting ready to hit him right now. He just hit! Oh my God he just ran over him with the van. It looks like a Dodge van. He's getting ready to shoot him again. Hold up! Hold up! Hold up! Don't do it! Don't do it! Don't do it!
Police credit several 911 callers for helping police get on the scene before the suspect - 62-year old Roger Noble - got away.
"When they arrived there was one man inside of a van, it appeared he was trying to leave the scene, they drew down on him at gunpoint, took him into custody,” said Sgt. Rich Weiner of the Columbus Police Department.
Chopper 10 was there as medics worked to save the life of 48-year old Michael Obert, who police say was shot several times, including once in the chest.
Neighbors say Obert owns the house as a rental property, and say his tenants moved out about a week ago. Police say Obert and Noble have known each other for years. Investigators tell 10TV they believe the two men were fixing up the house when an argument broke out, but detectives say they have no idea what sparked the rage that led to such a vicious and unrelenting attack.
Neighbors say it is a sad day on what is typically a quiet street.
“It's just devastating to hear someone so close to you, to your house, was gunned down like that. And then ran over? Wow,” said neighbor Millie Johnson.
Police have charged Noble with murder.
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