The second of two men who exchanged gunshots inside Polaris Fashion Place in March was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Anthony Deshawn Truss Jr., 21, “endangered not only the lives of his son, but the lives of innocent citizens who shopped at the Polaris Mall that day. His actions were worth serious consequences,” said Melissa Schiffel, attorney. of Delaware County.
Truss pleaded guilty on December 7 to a criminal assault with a specific firearm and causing panic in the March 3 incident near a children’s clothing store OshKosh B’Gosh in Carter.
He was sentenced Monday morning by Delaware County Judge David M. Gormley on common grounds.
East Side Truss and Northeast Side Levon Sommerville, 26, began shooting at each other during an apparent domestic dispute, Columbus police said.
Although no one was injured, the incident scared shoppers and employees shortly after noon, many of whom took refuge in stores. He also forced the mall to be evacuated and closed for several hours. Police said the incident resulted from a domestic dispute involving both men.
In a bench trial in October, Sommerville was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being found guilty of similar charges and illegal possession of a firearm.
Sommerville was already under surveillance after being released on a drug charge in Franklin County and not allowed to have a weapon.
Somerville was convicted of shooting Truss at close range inside the shop before leaving. Police said Truss then followed Sommerville into the mall and shot Sommerville as he walked away.