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Suspected Gunman Threatens More Violence in SW Columbus

Updated: Monday, April 22 2013, 07:41 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Residents are on edge after a suspect in a Southwest Side shooting threatened to add to his list of victims once he is released from jail.

Damien Phillips faced a Franklin Co. judge Monday morning, charged with shooting his girlfriend, Tammy Crabtree.

Court records indicate Phillips vowed to open fire again in the future, allegedly telling arresting officers, "I will not be in jail forever.  I will return and shoot more people."

Crabtree told ABC6/FOX28 she entered into a relationship with Phillips after meeting him in the Wedgewood Dr. neighborhood in March.

Phillips soon became angered by the amount of time Crabtree spent with her four children, according to the victim. That anger ultimately led to an April 19 argument, during which Phillips allegedly shot Crabtree in the stomach, causing serious injury.

"When I got to the hospital, they had lost her once just about,” said Frank Crabtree, the victim’s father. “They told me her insides are messed up, and it's going to be two years before she's able to walk."

Phillips was issued a $150,000 bail amount on Monday. The prospect of the alleged gunman's return to the neighborhood led Crabtree's roommate, Tiffany Yeager, to file a protection order.

"I'm just trying to survive there,” Yeager said. “I don't like living there. I'm just trying to survive so I can find somewhere else to go."

Phillips remained behind bars as on Monday evening.

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Reporter: Lisa Rantala
Web Producer: Ken HinesSuspected Gunman Threatens More Violence in SW Columbus


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