The Columbus Dispatch

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting

Reynoldsbu­rg man dies at auto repair shop

- Columbus Dispatch USA TODAY NETWORK

Despite her grief, Linda Mcguffin seemed optimistic Saturday morning that the gunman who killed her elder son Friday night on Columbus’ East Side would be brought to justice.

Mcguffin told a Dispatch reporter she could not say why her conversati­on with Columbus police homicide detectives led her to believe that.

She said she did not want to jeopardize their work in finding the gunman who fatally shot her son, 35year-old Max A. Mcguffin, of Reynoldsbu­rg, about 7:50 p.m. Friday at an auto repair business on the 900 block of Barnett Road on the East Side where his mother said he often worked.

Max Mcguffin was rushed by Columbus fire medics to Mount Carmel East Hospital, where he died at 8:20 p.m. Friday despite extensive medical aid. His death was the fourth homicide of 2022 in Columbus.

But thanks to a witness, detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant early Saturday afternoon for 22-year-old Genghis Z. Shakhan, whom court records show has addresses in the city’s Franklinto­n neighborho­od and on the Southeast Side.

Shakhan was arrested without incident a short time later Saturday afternoon by a Columbus police SWAT team at an unreported location. He is being held in the Franklin County jail and is scheduled for an arraignmen­t hearing Monday morning.

Linda Mcguffin told The Dispatch her son Max was a “real good guy,” and a good father to two children, ages 6 and 9.

“It was just devastatin­g,” she said of his death. “We’re all so sick of all this gun violence going on,” Mcguffin said.

The only consolatio­n she has is that a suspect has been identified and arrested in her son’s death. City homicide detectives solved 50% of the roughly 204 record homicides in 2022.

Police are now working more with parents and families of other victims recently to go public in their pleas for help from potential witnesses. Jacqueline Santiago’s 25-year-old son, Andrew Santiago, was fatally shot last Tuesday on the back porch of their Franklinto­n home, becoming the city’s first homicide victim of 2022.

“There could be a day where you’re on the opposite end,” she said at a press conference with police Thursday outside her home. “I’m praying for justice ... because then I can be at peace that this person doesn’t do this to someone else’s child.”

Anyone with informatio­n about Andrew Santiago’s homicide or any other homicide is asked to call detectives at 614-645-4730. Informatio­n can also be provided to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.

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