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Columbus police charge suspect in death of bystander in East Side gas station shooting

A Northeast Side man has been charged by Columbus police with the death of a man who police say was a bystander when a shooting erupted late last month at an East Side gas station .

Keimariyon Malachi Demetrish Ross, 18, has been charged on a warrant for the murder of Kevin Sobnosky, 21, of Mahoning County, who was a bystander when he was hit by gunfire on October 30 while in his car in the parking lot of a Sheetz Gas Station at 1485 North Cassady Ave.

Ross was not in custody as of mid-afternoon Wednesday and police are seeking information from the public about his whereabouts.

His picture was among photos of 12 people released last week by police, who identified them as “persons of interest” in the case. Homicide detectives say additional charges against others may be forthcoming.

At around 3:50 a.m. on October 30, Sobnosky and three other young men were driving in the 1400 block of North Cassady Avenue through Columbus when they stopped at the Sheetz train station.

Detectives said the vehicle was almost immediately hit by gunfire as a shootout broke out between two groups in the gas station parking lot. Detectives allege in court records that Ross fired the shotgun blasts that hit Sobnosky as he stood next to a silver Chevrolet.

Sobnosky was shot in the head. He was driven by someone else in the vehicle to Ohio State University East Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State, where he died at 4:17 p.m. Sunday, said detectives.

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Sobnosky was valedictorian at Girard High School in Mahoning County and was on the dean’s list at Youngstown State University, where he was a student.

Information from the public helped detectives identify Ross, according to court records. Detectives also used security camera footage of the incident, which they did not release. The inquest into Sobnosky’s death is ongoing.

Anyone with knowledge of Ross’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crimestoppers at 614-461-8477.

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Police search for man charged in shooting death of bystander