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A shooting on the city’s East side leaves 3 wounded.

On April 9, 2011, police arrived at the 300 block of South Napoleon Avenue shortly after hearing a series of gunshots. 16-year-old, Keivon Morris was arrested and charged with five counts of felony assaults after retrieving a shotgun from a vehicle, and firing it.

The gunshots were said to be fired shortly after a fight, involving the suspect, broke out. Three people were wounded, but didn’t suffer from life-threatening wounds.

That shooting along with three other incidents on Sunday, April 10, resulted in a violent weekend with shooting victims reaching more than a dozen.

In an attempt to promote peace throughout Columbus area neighborhoods, former NBA and current European and Asian basketball player, Leon Rodgers, is hosting the 5th Annual RNB “Battle for Peace” Classic on Saturday, July 9, 2011. The event will take place at 10am at Columbus East High School.

The event will include a Battle of the Bands contest, a step show exhibition and a 3-on-3 outdoor youth tournament. In addition, Channel 10′s own Tanisha Mallet will be hosting a banquet at Arlington Cafe on July 8. Attendees who have personally been impacted by violence will hear inspirational messages from community leaders about the needs to end violence in our city.

Radio One’s Paul Strong will be leading the peace rally on July 9 alongside host, City News. In addition, Deputy Chief Blackwell will be speaking at both the peace rally and banquet, and Mayor Michael Coleman will also be in attendance.

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