COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - At around 2:20 a.m. Sunday morning, Columbus State University police officers responded to reports of shots fired in a parking garage near the intersection of 10th St. and Front Ave. in downtown Columbus.
Arthur Holt Jr. was killed in this incident. He succumbed to his injuries after being transported to Midtown Medical Center. He was not a student at the school.
Marquis Shaw was arrested and charged with his murder. He was also charged with aggravated assault for hitting Brandon Fortson in the back of the head with his gun during the same incident.
Holt was with two others the night he was killed. One of those people was Fortson. They were leaving a club in the area when they encountered Shaw and his group of about six to eight people.
Witnesses say Holt was attempting to break up a fight when Shaw fired his gun, shooting Holt four times. He is believed to be an innocent bystander who was caught between the two men.
Witnesses say Holt had a gun on him when the altercation occurred. That gun has not been recovered. Fortson had a gun that he fired during the altercation, although no one was hit. Shaw had a .9 mm gun on him, which he used to allegedly kill Holt.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Holt. His funeral will take place on Dec. 30 at Franchise Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix City at 1 p.m.
Shaw is being held on $50,000 bond for the aggravated assault charge, and no bond for the murder charge. He pleaded not guilty in court.