Two males, a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old, were killed Tuesday night in what Columbus police are calling an attempted drug deal gone bad.
Police were first called around 8:50 p.M. To the 900 block of Rarig Avenue and East 11th Avenue on the city’s East Side for a reported shooting. When responding officers arrived at the scene, they found a crashed vehicle.
Two people inside that vehicle — 19-year-old Antonie Moss Jr., Of South Linden, and 16-year-old Jeremy Heglar, of the East Side — had gunshot wounds. Moss was pronounced dead at the scene. Heglar was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries at 9:52 p.M.
According to Franklin County Municipal Court records, a 16-year-old girl who was also in the vehicle but was uninjured, and other witnesses told police information that led to 18-year-old Cayon Drake, of the Northeast Side, being arrested and charged with murder.
Court records said Heglar and the girl had driven to a home on the 2900 block of East 10th Avenue on the East Side to meet Moss and Drake to purchase drugs.
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Drake and Moss walked behind Heglar’s vehicle, getting into the back seat. As the deal progressed, Moss and Drake both pulled firearms and shot Heglar.
According to court records, Heglar was able to return fire, fatally shooting Moss and injuring Drake, who was able to get out and run to the back of the car before firing several more rounds and fleeing.
Drake was taken into custody Tuesday night without incident. He’s expected to have an initial court appearance on Thursday.
Columbus City Schools said Wednesday that neither Heglar nor Moss was currently enrolled as a student in the district.