Columbus man gets 11-to-13-year sentence for Polaris Fashion Place shootout in March

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Polaris Fashion Place was evacuated after there were reports of shots fired on March 3.
Polaris Fashion Place was evacuated after there were reports of shots fired on March 3.

The second of two men who exchanged gunfire inside Polaris Fashion Place in March has been sentenced to 11 to 13 years in prison.

Anthony Deshawn Truss Jr., 22, was sentenced Monday by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David M. Gormley, who ordered Truss serve a minimum of 11 years and a maximum of 13 years.

Truss "endangered not only the life of his own child, but those of innocent citizens shopping at Polaris Mall that day. His actions deserved a severe consequence," said Delaware County Prosecutor Melissa Schiffel.

Truss pleaded guilty Dec. 7 to felony assault with a firearm specification and inducing panic in the March 3 incident that began inside a Carter's OshKosh B'Gosh children's clothing store.

Truss, of the East Side, and Levon Sommerville, 26, of the Northeast Side had an apparent domestic dispute around 12:30 p.m. inside the children's store.

Somerville was convicted of firing at Truss at close range inside the store before leaving the store and going out into the mall. Police said Truss then followed Sommerville and fired at Sommerville in the mall as he walked away.

Although no one was injured, the incident, just after noon, frightened shoppers and employees, many of whom took shelter in stores. It also forced the evacuation and closure of the mall for several hours.

Both men were arrested in Georgia about a month after the incident.

The Carter's OshKosh B'gosh clothing store is where a shooting occurred at Polaris Fashion Place on March 3.
The Carter's OshKosh B'gosh clothing store is where a shooting occurred at Polaris Fashion Place on March 3.

At a bench trial in October, Sommerville was sentenced to 13 to 17 years in prison after being found guilty of similar charges, plus illegal possession of a firearm. Sommerville was already on post-release control for a drug charge in Franklin County and was not permitted to have a weapon.

The shooting was the first of two at Polaris within 12 days in March.

On March 15, multiple shots were fired on mall property, again jarring customers and store employees. Columbus police arrested Arshad Jamir Lawson, 20, of the East Side, charging him with felonious assault and lesser charges.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint that Lawson fired several shots around 3:15 p.m. in a first-floor atrium area inside the Polaris mall. The incident resulted from an apparent confrontation between two groups of young people, police said. Although police previously said no one was struck, one bullet grazed a male victim in his arm, but did not penetrate his skin, according to the complaint.

Lawson is scheduled for trial Jan. 18 in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus man is sentenced to 11 to 13 years for Polaris shootout

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