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Police charge suspect in death of bystander in East Side gas station shooting

Columbus police have charged an 18-year-old in the death of a man who police say was a bystander in a shooting at an East Side gas station late last month.

Columbus police charged Keimariyon Malachi Demetrish Ross, 18, of the Northeast Side, with the murder of Kevin Sobnosky, 21, of Mahoning County, who was a bystander when he was hit by gunfire while that he was in his car in a parking lot in Sheetz.

Police are also looking for 11 other ‘persons of interest’ in the case and say additional charges against others may be forthcoming. Ross has not been arrested and the police are investigating his whereabouts.

At around 3:50 a.m. on October 30, Sobnosky and three other young men were driving in the area of ​​the 1400 block of North Cassady Avenue on the east side of town. Police said Sobnosky drove through Columbus before heading to the gas station.

The vehicle the men were in was hit by gunfire that was part of a shootout between two groups coming from the parking lot of a Sheetz gas station at 1485 North Cassady Ave. Court records allege Ross fired the shots that hit Sobnosky with a rifle from the parking lot while standing next to a silver Chevrolet.

Sobnosky was hit by the bullet and was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he died at 4:17 p.m. Sunday, detectives said.

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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.

Police last week released photos of 12 people, including Ross, and said they were wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting. Information from the public helped police identify Ross, according to court records. Police also used security camera footage of the incident, which they did not release.

Anyone who knows where Ross is is asked to contact the police. The investigation into Sobnosky’s death is ongoing and investigators plan to file additional charges against others involved in the shooting.


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