Around 12:30 p.m. on March 3, 2021, the Polaris Fashion Place had been evacuated after multiple shots had been fired inside of the mall. Sgt. James Fuqua with the Columbus Police reports that the investigators have been able to identify both of the suspects in the shooting and that the suspects are now being encouraged to turn themselves in. There have been no victims as a result of the dispute. The shooting between these two men had been the second instance of gunfire inside of the mall within two weeks.
The shooting had happened both inside and outside of the Carter’s retail store. The two suspects had been shooting at each other, rather than at the people within the store, and the shots had them go outside of the store and continue shooting shots on the outside. It is believed by investigators that the motivation behind the shooting was due to an argument and that it is an isolated incident. There was damage inside of the mall as a result of the gunshots, and multiple bullet shells had been found inside of the mall. When reviewing the surveillance footage provided by the mall, they were able to identify that those involved had been two young men.
The two men that were the suspects in the shooting had been indicted by a grand jury within Delaware County. The two men, Anthony Truss and Levon Sommerville, were given multiple charges that included felonious assault and inducing panic in a public space. As a result of the panic caused, witnesses, such as Rebecca Sidell and her partner Talanna Cooper, had brought their daughter to the mall for a birthday shopping trip and heard the gunshots, and that she was too afraid to drive home after being nearby when it had happened. As the gunshots went off, mall personnel had begun to evacuate the mall and lead those inside of the mall outside. It took around 30 minutes before a mall manager had let the witnesses know that they could leave. The scene had been cleared by police at 6:20 p.m. and gave permission for any individuals or employees who still needed access to the closed mall to see security at the main entrance.
The men had been labeled as wanted by the Columbus Police Department and had several warrants placed onto them, and they had soon been arrested in Georgia. Truss had been arrested on April 7th while Sommerville had been arrested on April 12. Investigators believe that the two had fled Ohio following their shootout and had been trying to get away from their arrests, which is why they had been found in the state of Georgia instead of within Ohio.
Levon Sommerville had been put on trial for the shooting and was found guilty by a Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel. His sentence begins in October, and Sommerville faces between two to 11 years in prison. As well as the other two charges that both of the men were given, Levon Somerville was also given the charge of having a weapon while under disability, giving him an additional mandatory three years in prison.
“Because of the fearless and swift actions of law enforcement, no one was hurt, but this doesn’t excuse the lawless actions of Mr. Sommerville. Bottom line, if you illegally possess a gun in Delaware County and endanger the lives of citizens, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” -Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel
While Levon Sommreville has already had his court and will be sentenced in October, Anthony Truss’s trial is still ongoing and his next court date is scheduled for November.
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