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: Downtown Shooter had lengthy criminal record dating back to 2011, according to research.

The downtown shooter who left 5 people with non life threatening injuries was known to local Columbus and Russell County authorities, our findings show.

The downtown shooter, identified as Justin Tyran Roberts, opened fire and injured 5 within a span of 18 hours.

A man was shot at Courtyard Marriot on Whitewater Avenue in Phenix City. The second shooting left 3 people shot near the 1100 block of Broadway around 10PM. The third shooting occurred at Broadway and 4th Street in Columbus in the historic district where one person was shot.

In 2011, Roberts was arrested by Columbus law enforcement for the charges of battery, reckless conduct, and criminal trespass for an incident which occurred on June 10th, 2011.

In 2013, Roberts was arrested by Columbus law enforcement for the charge of criminal trespass for an incident which occurred on February 18th, 2013.

In 2013, Roberts was arrested by Columbus law enforcement for the charge of criminal damage to property in the 2nd degree for an incident which occurred on July 2nd, 2013.

In 2013, Roberts was arrested by Columbus law enforcement for the charges of receipt, possession, or transfer of a firearm by con..., theft by receiving stolen property, marijuana-possession of less than 1 ounce.

In 2014, Roberts was arrested by Columbus law enforcement for the charge of violation of probation.

Roberts disappeared off the criminal radar, according to our research, but popped back up again in April of 2021.

Roberts was arrested by Russell County Sheriffs Office on the charge of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was arrested on April 14th of this year.

Roberts is now officially behind Columbus bars again after the shooting rampage. He is charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of possession of a firearm while in commission of a crime, 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and 1 count of theft by receiving stolen property. Those charges are just for Columbus; Phenix City has yet to announce there charges. 

reported by Colin Scroggins CNAW

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: At least 5 people have been shot just this Friday night between the hours of 8:40 and 10:34PM. A shooting on Whitewater Avenue in Phenix City left one person with non life threatening injuries. A shooting on 5th Avenue in Columbus left one person with non life threatening injuries. A shooting on Broadway in Columbus has left 3 people shot; 2 are stable, one is serious but stable condition.

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: A Florida 11-year-old girl was nearly kidnapped when a hispanic male driving a white Dodge Journey pulled up and grabbed her. The 11-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop on Old Corry Field Road and Perdido Street in Escambia County, Fl. The man exited the vehicle reportedly armed with a knife. The suspect then grabs the little girl and a struggle ensues. She was able to fight and break free from the suspects grip. She is safe and with family. The suspect is in custody. 📸 Escambia County SO

 

 

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: A person has been shot at Liberty Commons Apartments in Columbus on North Lumpkin Road. A crime scene has been established. This is the third shooting at this location since March, one occurred on March 17th and another occurred on May 6th.

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: Father of 1-month-old Caleb Winsnand Jr. has been arrested after 1-month-old body found in woods, according to family and authorities. The father, Caleb Winsnand Sr., was arrested and charged with manslaughter, hours after press conference. The grandmother said in a Facebook comment, “He threw the baby in the woods like he was garbage.” He has a bond of $100,000.

We now have the mugshot of the father of Caleb Whisnand Jr. The father pleaded for answers and not even minutes later the body of the 5-week-old was found and the father was arrested for Capital Murder. The father is ID’d as Caleb Michael Whisnand Sr.

 

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: Two drivers shoot at each other while driving down Interstate 85 near exit 51.

Auburn Police arrested Alan Lyrenski Sandlin, age 21, from Alexander City, and Casey Andrew Kirk, age 21, from Opelika, on felony warrants charging each with shooting into an unoccupied vehicle.

The arrests stem from Auburn Police Division officers responding to a shots fired call on Interstate 85 at exit 51. Police contacted Sandlin and Kirk and determined that they had both discharged firearms after a confrontation on the roadway. Vehicles driven by Sandlin and Kirk were both struck by gunfire.

Sandlin and Kirk were placed under arrest and transported to the Lee County Jail. Both were held on a $5,000 bond. This case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Division.

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: A death investigation is underway after a shooting on Macon Road in Midtown Shopping Center in Columbus.

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: 2 dead, 13-year-old injured after 6th Avenue house fire early this morning in Columbus. 69-year-old Margaret Jones and 48-year-old Tamica Smith were pronounced deceased, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

reported by Colin Scroggins CNAW

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: Mother’s boyfriend arrested on 4 counts of Capital Murder after 2 kids and the mother found murdered inside half submerged blue sedan in Lake Eufaula. The suspect is identified as 26-year-old Demetrius McGhee. 
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: Lee County Deputy shoots 18-year-old driver after lengthy pursuit from Opelika to Boxwood Drive in Columbus. The vehicle involved was stolen from Phenix City. The pursuit began from a suspicious activity call in Lee County. Marqueyvius Dozier was treated for injuries and is charged with Theft by Bringing Stolen Property into State, is wanted on other warrants. A missing juvenile ran from police but was captured and arrested for Obstruction of Police Officer. More charges expected.

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: Mother’s boyfriend arrested on 4 counts of Capital Murder after 2 kids and the mother found murdered inside half submerged blue sedan in Lake Eufaula. The suspect is identified as 26-year-old Demetrius McGhee. 
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Colin Scroggins CNAW

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: A shooting has occurred at Fredrick Douglas Apartments in Phenix City. A massive amount of shell casings have been found. This is an active crime scene.

Colin Scroggins CNAW On the story.