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Published: Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 11:24 PM
Updated: Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
SPRINGFIELD — UPDATE @ 2 p.m.
A Springfield man has been charged with attempted murder and felonious assault in connection with the shooting of another man in the face.
Christopher Hughes, of Springfield, was shot in the face as he sat in a car in front of his home on Beverly Drive late Thursday night. He remained in Miami Valley Hospital on Friday afternoon, but his condition wasn’t available.
Police arrested Charles E. Brown, 44, of 810 Isabella St., about 1 am. Friday, just a few hours after the shooting. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a Clark County Municipal Court and is booked in the Clark County Jail on a $75,000 bond, according to court records.
Hughes was able to give Springfield police information about the suspect before he was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, according to a court affidavit.
The victim told detectives that he was parked in his car on a driveway and talking to his girlfriend when Brown allegedly came up to the car, pointed a handgun at him and fired once, hitting him in the left side of the face, the affidavit says.
The girlfriend rushed into Hughes’ home and told other witnesses he was shot, but then disappeared when they went back outside to help the man, the witnesses told detectives, according to the report.
Police later located Brown and the girlfriend together, court records say, and arrested Brown.
No gun was found when Brown was arrested and he agreed to undergo a gunshot residue test and have his phone confiscated, police said.
“It’s very very important that witnesses get involved to help us close a case like this, especially that quickly,” said Lt. Jeff Myer of the Springfield Police Division.
UPDATE @ 1:17 a.m.
Police say they are looking for the suspect and the shooting is under investigation.
The victim’s condition was not immediately available.
A male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head was found on Hillcrest Avenue and Springfield police are investigating.
The report of the shooting was dispatched about 11:07 p.m. and police have shut down Hillcrest from West First Street to Beverly Avenue.
We’re hearing that police have no information on a possible suspect.
Neighbors who live near where the reported shooting occurred expressed fear early Friday morning.
“I don’t know if they’ll come back and shoot again,” said Tiffany Whaley, who lives behind the victim’s house. “I hope they find him.”
David Howard, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 30-plus years, said it’s the first time he’s ever heard gunshots in the neighborhood.
“It’s unbelievable what’s going on today,” Howard said. “They need to put the guns down. It’s scary. It’s close to home.”
CareFlight has been requested for the victim.