Grand jury indicts alleged football game shooter


By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor
On Aug. 29, a grand jury indicted James Keys, the alleged shooter at the Aug. 19 Groveport Madison vs. Canal Winchester football game, on three felony counts.

According to the Groveport Police, Keys will be arraigned in Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Sept. 1 on grand jury indictments of felonious assault (a second degree felony), discharging a firearm on school grounds (a second degree felony), and tampering with evidence (a third degree felony). An additional federal firearms charge is pending.

After the indictments were handed down, the Franklin County Prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Keys, who had earlier been released on bond.

According to Groveport Police Detective Josh Gilbert, on Aug. 31 officers located Keys in a residence in the 1400 block of East 25th Avenue in Columbus. With assistance from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Keys was was taken into custody. Four handguns were also recovered from the address at that time. Gilbert said two of the weapons had been altered to be fully automatic.

“We will never stop working to keep these types of criminals out of our community,” Groveport Police said in an official statement.


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