Investigators responded to an alleged shooting Sunday at this home at 13103 State Route 347, near Pharisburg in Leesburg Township. The victim is listed in critical but stable condition and the suspect has been charged with felonious assault. (Photo submitted)
Victim in critical condition at Ohio State
A local man is in critical condition and his uncle is behind bars after a shooting Sunday.
Richard A. Smith Jr., 52, of 13163 Route 347 was arraigned this morning in Marysville Municipal Court. He is charged with one count of felonious assault.
Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said the victim, Timothy D. Smith, is in “critical but stable condition” this morning at the Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.
“It all stemmed from an argument,” Patton said, though he did not know what the men were arguing about.
Patton said about 7:16 p.m. Sunday, Richard Smith and his nephew were outside a home at 13103 Route 347, near Pharisburg in Leesburg Township.
At some point in the argument, Timothy D. Smith, 36, pushed his uncle to the ground.
Patton said Richard Smith then got a 9 mm handgun. He said investigators are working to determine if Richard Smith had the gun on him at the time or if he went into the home to retrieve it.
Richard Smith then allegedly shot Timothy Smith in the abdomen.
A witness at the scene called 911. Timothy Smith was taken to the Leesburg Township Fire Station then taken by MedFlight to the Ohio State University Medical Center.
Patton said that “as a result of the investigation” Richard Smith was arrested at the scene. He said the gun was also recovered at the scene.
“The shooting remains under investigation by detectives from the sheriff’s office,” Patton said. “They are still looking into to the timeline and putting all the pieces together. They are working to map this all out.”
Patton said the case will be forwarded to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of additional charges at an upcoming Union County Grand Jury.
Bond in this case for Richard Smith has been set at $100,000. He remains in Tri-County Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19. If convicted on the felonious assault charge, Richard Smith could face as many as eight years in prison.
Richard Smith has a prior domestic violence conviction stemming from a 2006 incident.