2 charged with murder in connection to Tussing Rd. shooting (UPDATE)


Two people have been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two people on Tussing Road.

Columbus police arrested 19-year-old Mia V. Shamis and 21-year-old Connor C. Jefferies Wednesday. Both have been charged with two counts of murder.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Tussing and Brice Roads just after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Shamis and Jefferies met with 20-year-old Gary Francis and 21-year-old James Miller Jr. in a parking lot behind Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  There was a brief conversation that ended with Francis and Miller Jr. shot.

Officers and medics found Francis still inside a vehicle suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Miller Jr. was found near the rear garage of Enterprise and was taken to Grant Medical Center. He died shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Court records show the shooting stemmed from a drug deal and Jefferies was the alleged triggerman.

On Thursday, a judge set bond for Jefferies and Shamis at $1 million and $1.225 million, respectively.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 645-4730 or Crime Stoppers at 645-TIPS (8477).