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Washington C.H. man hospitalized after being shot, “person of interest” identified

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The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that hospitalized a man on Wednesday evening.


According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, his office received a call at 7:55 p.m. from Fayette County Memorial Hospital reporting that a male subject walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as Marcus J. Francis, 31, of Washington C.H., was treated at FCMH and later transferred to a Columbus-area hospital for further treatment.


The investigation revealed that Francis, a passenger in a 1998 Ford Explorer registered to the vehicle’s driver, Carrie Mitchell of Washington C.H., arrived at a residence located at 315 Clemens Road, southwest of New Holland. Upon pulling in the driveway, it was reported that multiple gun shots were fired into the passenger door area of the vehicle, allegedly striking Francis in the leg and hand.


Following the incident, Mitchell reportedly drove Francis to FCMH for medical treatment. Deputies responded to the home along with detectives from the Sheriff’s Office, identifying the occupants of the home and initiating an investigation.


Sheriff’s detectives conducted several interviews throughout the overnight hours. Cary L. Howland, 31, of London, was arrested and incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail on a charge of violating his probation and is considered a “person of interest” in the reported shooting incident. However, no charges have been filed in connection with last evening’s incident.


Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation of the incident and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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