Springfield man charged in connection with shooting at Wayside Tavern


A Springfield man faces multiple felony charges in connection with a shooting at a bar earlier this year that left one person injured.

Corey L. Ames, 33, of 414 W. Euclid Ave., has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, having weapons while under disability and carrying concealed weapons.

RELATED: Wayside Tavern shooting 9-1-1 call: ‘There’s gunfire everywhere’

He was arrested by Clark County deputies about 4:45 a.m. Thursday. Ames pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court and his bond was set at $50,000.

Deputies and medics responded about 2:30 a.m. Sept. 29 to the 2200 block of South Yellow Springs Street on the report of several gunshots fired outside the Wayside Tavern.

After the incident, deputies viewed surveillance video that captured the incident, according to court records. Ames allegedly can be seen on the video pulling a firearm out of his sweatshirt, according to court records, and shooting it from the building toward South Yellow Springs Street and homes on the other side of the street.

He was identified both by deputies and the Adult Parole Authority, court records say. He’s been convicted of multiple felonies, including robbery and rape, records said.

A bartender from the tavern called 9-1-1 to report the shooting, according to a recording of the emergency calls obtained by the Springfield News-Sun.

FIRST REPORT: Deputies: Bystander shot, ‘heavy exchange’ of gunfire outside Clark County bar

“We’re laying on the ground. They’re shooting, shooting and shooting. There’s gunfire everywhere,” the caller says.

Gunshots can be heard in the background of the call.

“They’re all outside. I knew it was about to happen,” the caller says. “I knew it. They’re still shooting.”

Another woman called 9-1-1 to report that she believed her house had been hit by a gunshot, but no one in the house was injured.

One person showed up at Springfield Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound, but it’s believed that person was a bystander and not a shooter. The person’s injuries weren’t life threatening, officials said.

Investigators believe multiple shooters exchanged several shots outside the bar. Shell casings were found in the bar’s parking lot.

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