Cary L. Howland has been charged with felonious assault in a Jan. 22 shooting that sent a 31-year-Washington C.H. man to the hospital with two gunshot wounds.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 7:55 p.m. on Jan. 22 from Fayette County Memorial Hospital reporting that a man walked into the hospital with a gunshot wound. The victim, Marcus J. Francis, was treated at FCMH and later transferred to a Columbus-area hospital for further treatment. He has since been released from the hospital, according to authorities.
Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said 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 at 315 Clemens Road, southwest of New Holland. After pulling in the driveway, it was reported that Howland fired three gun shots into the passenger door area of the vehicle, 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.
After Sheriff’s detectives conducted several interviews, Howland, 31, of London, Ohio, was arrested on Jan. 23 and incarcerated in the Fayette County Jail on a charge of violating his probation. On Tuesday, he was charged with felonious assault. He is being held in the jail on a $25,000 bond.
The motive behind the shooting is still under investigation.