Man Shot in the Face: Suspects on the Run
Updated: Wednesday, February 27 2013, 08:05 AM EST
COLUMBUS – The suspected crime spree of one teen that includes the paralysis of one victim is days away of going before a grand jury.
Dawan Bailey, 19, is locked up on a $1,000,000 bond for aggravated robbery and police say they’ve linked his gun to three different shooting.
They say 911 calls started pouring in January 25th from Miller Avenue about three men wearing hoodies, slamming trash cans and shooting guns.
One man said he confronted the three men when he saw the group near his car in his driveway.
This is what the man told dispatchers minutes later, “I had some people shoot at the house." The bullet went through a front window and lodged in a wall a foot from that window.
As police say Bailey and his friends moved down Miller Avenue, they confront Jonathan Banks, 22, who was walking to his father’s house after helping a friend.
Police say Bailey tried to rob Banks who resisted and that’s when Bailey shot Banks in the face with a .38 handgun. Banks collapsed in Justin Willis’ driveway.
"After the gunshots, I could hear him moaning and yelling on the ground.. yelling for help," Willis said.
Banks is paralyzed from the chest down and his family said doctors removed his trachea.
They say Banks moved to Columbus two years ago to escape the gang violence in Los Angeles and must now use a motorized wheelchair for the rest of his life.
As for Bailey, police arrested him after Banks’ was able to point him out from a photo array.
They also say his .38 handgun is linked to a third shooting in which another man was shot in the face.
While police have not said on record where that third shooting took place, ABC6/FOX28 obtained the 911 call from a man who was shot in that same neighborhood one week earlier.
“I'm shot. I'm hit. A bunch of people, they shot me in the face,” said Walter Little to dispatchers. “Please help me. They just shot me in my face for no reason. I was robbed of my bag.”
We’re told the two other suspects are still on the loose.
Reporter: Lisa Rantala
Web Producer: Kellie Hanna