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Second man arrested in shooting death of Girard graduate

Staff report

COLUMBUS — A man accused in a shootout at a Columbus gas station that killed a Girard man had his bond set at $2.5 million at his arraignment Friday morning.

Tyyaun Sullivan, 19, was arrested Thursday in connection with the Oct. 30 shooting that left bystander Kevin Sobnosky, 21, a Girard High School 2019 valedictorian, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. The shooting took place at the Sheetz gas station on North Cassady Avenue.

Sullivan faces three counts of felonious assault and he also is facing an illegal weapons charge. Court records show Sullivan posted bond in a separate felonious assault case in February. That case is still pending, but because of it, he was not allowed to possess a gun at the time of the October shooting.

Sullivan is the second suspect arrested in the Sheetz shooting. Keimoriyon Malachi Demetrish Ross, 18, was arrested after he turned himself in to police on Nov. 13. A Franklin County grand jury has since indicted him on nine counts, including murder.

The arrest of Ross came two weeks after police released photos of 12 persons of interest or witnesses to the shooting. Ross was among those photos. He was booked into Franklin County Corrections Center.

Columbus police said eight men with semi-automatic rifles came out of the gas station and a gun battle ensued. Sobnosky was with several friends at the gas station when the gunfire erupted. He was taken to a hospital in Columbus, where he died.

Following graduation, Sobnosky attended Youngstown State University on a full academic scholarship as a member of the Honors College. He was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science and was set to graduate in the spring.

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