Man accused of shooting neighbor who told him to stop firing gun for New Year’s

(Columbus Division of Police)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man is in custody after Columbus Police responded to a shooting incident in north Columbus.

Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Coronet Drive shortly after midnight on Tuesday to reports of someone being shot.

“Any split second could have gone differently and changed my life,” said Lyndsay Godwin. She explains the neighbors behind her were having a party and started shooting their guns. They narrowly missed her 8-year-old daughter, but hit her husband.

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Gunfire on New Year's Eve has become all too common. Columbus police say they responded to more than 700 calls for shots fired and fireworks New Year’s Eve night alone.

According to police, the victim said he was shot after telling his neighbor to stop firing his gun for New Year’s Eve. The victim’s collarbone was fractured as a result.

Police and SWAT arrived at a residence at the 1500 block of Elmore Avenue where the suspect, 29-year-old Matthew Martin, was arrested and others at the residence were detained.

Martin is charged with felonious assault. He is being held on a $750,000 bond and will be back in court next week.