Shooting victim dies, shooter not charged

Raheem Hunter Courtesy: Muscogee County Jail
Raheem Hunter Courtesy: Muscogee County Jail

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Police Department is currently investigating the city's 13th homicide of the year, but the shooter is not being charged with the murder.

At 2:30 Sunday morning police were called to "Club 360" located at 1474 Ft. Benning Road in reference to a shooting. When they arrived to the nightclub, they found 32 year old Terrence Bernard Crowell lying in the parking lot, dead from two gunshot wounds.

Upon investigation, detectives discovered that 30 year old Raheem Hunter was responsible for the shooting. Hunter and other witnesses told police that Crowell pulled out a gun while inside the club and began firing shots, some hitting the ceiling and at least one shot into a crowd of people.

Raheem Hunter, who works as a security guard, was off duty, but armed while at the club. Hunter tells police he told Crowell to stop shooting, at which time Crowell pointed the gun at Hunter. Hunter pulled out his own weapon and shot Crowell twice in self defense.

Witnesses say Crowell then ran out of the club and collapsed in the parking lot where he died from his gunshot wounds.

Raheem Hunter was taken to the Muscogee County Jail where he was charged with possession of a firearm in a prohibited place but Columbus police tell us they will not be charging Hunter with anything else. Investigators do not consider this shooting a murder and say Hunter was within the law.

The case remains under investigation.

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