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Man arrested after 2 injured in overnight Short North shooting

Robert Rogers Jr., 24, is charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police arrested a man who reportedly shot two people in front of Union Café in the Short North Arts District early Sunday morning.

Robert Rogers Jr., 24, is charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence in connection to the shooting that happened around 4 a.m.

Arriving officers found one man suffering from a gunshot wound in the leg. He was taken to Grant Medical Center for treatment and police described his condition as stable.

Officers said a woman later walked into Grant Medical Center with a gunshot wound. After speaking with her, police determined she was also shot on North High Street. She is expected to survive. 

Records from Franklin County Municipal Court said Rogers was seen running from the scene wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt 

He ran about 446 feet down the street and tossed a loaded handgun over a brick wall just before he was apprehended by police, according to court records. 

Police recovered the handgun, which was classified as a Glock 22 Gen 4 .40 S/N BAWB450. 

Witnesses confirmed to police that Rogers shot the man. 

Records state that Rogers admitted to detectives that he shot the man, but claimed he did it in self-defense. Additionally, he admitted to tossing the gun. 

Rogers is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Municipal Court Monday morning. 

Editor’s Note: The Columbus Division of Police initially told 10TV that three people were injured in a shooting in the Short North Arts District early Sunday morning and two people were in custody. In an updated release from police, detectives found that two people were hurt in the shooting and one person was arrested in connection to the incident. Our story is updated to reflect the new information.

Statement from Short North Alliance

"Last night's incident and the increased prevalence of gun violence in Columbus is saddening. We are actively working with the Columbus Police Department to address violence interventions within the District through our Short North Crime Interdiction Program - including providing more police patrols during the evening and late-night hours. Because of this, police were in the area resulting in a quick response and an apprehension. We hope that this continued partnership with Columbus Police will create a safer environment moving forward for residents and visitors."

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