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Woman shot outside Downtown Columbus bar dies, police confirm

A woman was shot in the chest in the parking lot of the Pelican Room Lounge after a dispute Thursday morning, police said.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman died after she was shot in the chest at a bar in Downtown Columbus early Thursday morning.  

The shooting took place after 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the Pelican Room Lounge after a dispute, according to the Columbus Division of Police. The lounge is located below Sidebar at 122 E. Main St. 

The victim, later identified as 26-year-old Teaira Harris, was found by police lying in the parking lot unresponsive with a gunshot wound. 

She was taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. Harris succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 4:21 a.m.

Police say a suspect was detained at the scene.

Witnesses at the scene told police that a number of small fights led to the shooting. They said the victim displayed a firearm and pointed it at several people including the suspect who fired his weapon in self-defense.

Police said no charges have been filed at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Columbus Police Homicide Section at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).