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Pair of 18 year olds arrested after 4 people shot at Lincoln Park in Columbus

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Posted at 9:08 PM, May 23, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ind — Two 18-year-old have been formally charged in relation to the shooting that left four people shot at Lincoln Park on May 23.

Columbus Police Department responded to the area of the park near the basketball courts for reports of shots fired around 7:35 p.m.

Witnesses reported that a drive-by shooting had taken place leaving four people shot.

Police said one of the victims was lifelined to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment and three other victims were transported to local hospitals.

According to court documents, the victims were identified as Gavin hardin, 18, Tyler Hamm, 23, and two others that were not named due to being minors.

Two suspects were taken into custody overnight, according to police.

Alex Parker was identified as the driver of the vehicle and the shooter was identified as Edmarius Oats.

During the investigation, a probable cause document shows, it was determined that Oats and Hardin were involved in an ongoing conflicted related to a female they both previously dated.

During a conversation between the two over an Instagram call, Oats learned that Hardin was at the park. Words were exchanged and Oats relayed the message that he was going to come and "shoot him in his shit."

Court documents state the shooting occurred approximately thirty minutes after the call.

Police also found evidence of photos of Oats holding firearms and cash on his Instagram account. After a search warrant, police found a .22 round, an empty box of Federal 9mm Luger ammunition, a black Crossfire holster and a plastic box for a Taurus 15-round 9mm magazine.

Edmarius Oats has been charged with four counts of Aggravated Battery Use when the assault poses a substantial rick of death and one count of Attempted Murder.

Alex Parker, the driver, has been charged with four counts of Aggravated Battery Use when the assault poses a substantial rick of death (aiding, inducing, or causing an offense) and one count of assisting a criminal.

Police ask that anyone with tips or information regarding the case to contact the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600.