Police:Motorcyclist shoots and assaults man during road rage incident in downtown Columbus

(WSYX/WTTE)

Columbus police are searching for a motorcyclist who is accused of firing shots at a vehicle in downtown Columbus Saturday night.

Just after 7:20 p.m. officers with the Columbus Division of Police responded to shooting that happened around East Nationwide Boulevard. When officers arrived to the scene they located the victim, who told officers he was driving a vehicle on South High Street and was waiting to turn left onto East Nationwide Boulevard.

The victim said he was in traffic and was near a group of motorcycles. He said that one of the motorcyclist got off of their bike, and walked up to the driver's side of the vehicle, and punched him in the face through the open window.

The victim told police that after he was punched, he turned left onto East Nationwide Boulevard and the group of motorcyclist continued to follow him.

He told police that he pulled off into a parking lot behind the Flat Iron Cafe. Police said one of the motorcyclist smashed the passenger side window with a collapsible baton.

When the victim tried to get away from the motorcyclist, he told police that the suspect produced a handgun from a backpack and fired four to five gunshots at the victim as he fled from the area.

Police said the victim was not injured in this incident.

The victim stated that suspect fled the scene on a motorcycle at a high rate of speed.

Detectives investigating this incident is asking for any business along East Nationwide Boulevard between North High Street and North 4th Street with surveillance video to see if this incident was captured on video.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Columbus Police Assault Detective Derly Kowalski at (614) 645-4189 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers AT (614) 461-TIPS.

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