Man airlifted to Indianapolis after Columbus shooting

COLUMBUS, Ind. - A man is in an Indianapolis hospital after being shot in the neck Monday night in Columbus, police said. The man suspected in the shooting was arrested on a preliminary charge of attempted murder.

Columbus Public Safety spokesman Lt. Matthew Myers said detectives are investigating the shooting of a 20-year-old man that occurred just after 9 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of Eighth Street. (See map below.)

Police have not yet released the victim's identity.

The suspect in custody -- Jimmie Dewayne Hair Jr., 18, of Columbus (pictured) -- was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on a 48-hour hold.

Police said they don't think the shooting was a random act of violence, and they think the victim and Hair knew each other.

The victim was originally being treated at Columbus Regional Hospital but was later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital, Lt. Myers said.

There were no details available on his condition.

Police were still in the area of the shooting Tuesday searching for a small-caliber firearm that may have been used in the incident, and are asking nearby residents to keep an eye out for it. If you come across a gun, do not touch it -- call police immediately.

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