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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus Police responded to a shooting on Macon Road at about 10 p.m. Saturday night.  It happened between the McDonalds and La Quinta Inn near the I-185 overpass. 

A teenager was rushed away in an ambulance after a being shot in the side.  The victim, Jamaris Snipes, was released from a hospital later that same night. 

"I don't even know what happened, I just know they had a couple words," said Snipes.

He said the incident began when one of his friends got into a fight with a group of people.  Snipes jumped into the mix and that's when one of the combatants pulled out a gun.

 "It was supposed to be a one-on-one fight and they tried to jump in, so I helped my homeboy."

Doctors told Snipes he is lucky to have escaped with such a minor injury. 

"It could have hit my back, my spine.  They said I would have been paralyzed."

Later, police arrested a 16-year-old who they say pulled the trigger.  Snipes says bringing a gun to a fist fight is a weak move.  

"He should have just fought me."

Snipes will trust his inuition before making decisions in the future.

I had a bad feeling about going in the first place though, but I went anyway.  Shouldn't have went," said Snipes.

The arrested juvenile is currently sitting in jail on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm.  

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