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YMCA Resident Shot After Sword Attack

May 21, 1988

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A man who apparently thought he was being evicted from his room at a YMCA went on a rampage and injured three people, two of them with a sword, before police shot and wounded him, police said.

David Hughes, 48, was shot once in the abdomen Friday outside the downtown YMCA as he brandished the sword at officers who tried to disarm him.

Hughes was listed in serious condition at Grant Medical Center after undergoing surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday night.

″It was a case of another mental (mentally disturbed person) on the streets of Columbus,″ said Police Chief Dwight Joseph. ″The officer shot him when he refused to drop the sword.″

Police charged Hughes with one count of felony assault.

Hughes had lived at the YMCA for four years and had caused no trouble, said Marty Nowell, the YMCA communications director.

Hughes went on the rampage when a letter announcing a tenants meeting was placed on the door of his sixth-floor room, police said. He apparently thought the letter was an eviction notice.

Hughes went to the lobby carrying the sword and a nunchaku, a martial arts weapon made of two sticks connected by a chain, police said. They said he argued about the letter with YMCA employees before attacking the YMCA’s housing director and two other residents, one of whom is blind.

One man was stabbed twice in the chest, another was stabbed in the stomach and the third was struck in the head with the martial arts sticks. They were treated at Grant Medical Center and released.

Officer Gary Hall fired one shot at Hughes after he left the building and confronted officers with the sword. No officers were injured.

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