The shooting death of former UK baskteball player Desmond Allison in Columbus, Ohio earlier this week was already acknowledged as a terrible tragedy. Now, with new details emerging regarding the circumstances of the shooting, it’s an exceptionally stupid and senseless tragedy. According the Columbus Dispatch, Allison was shot after an argument between two women started over a hat he was wearing.
Two women arguing over a baseball cap might have led to the shooting death of a former University of Kentucky basketball player on Monday afternoon.
Desmond “Dez” Allison, 31, was outside with friends, talking on his cellphone at the Nelson Park Apartments on the Near East Side, when an ex-girlfriend took a cap off his head, said Malcolm Goff, 36, who also was shot in the same incident.
Allison barely noticed and kept talking, his friend Goff said.
But his current girlfriend had given him the hat, said Tina Underwood, 31, a witness and longtime friend of Allison’s. The current girlfriend saw the ex-girlfriend with the hat and the two women began arguing, Goff and Underwood said.
A crowd formed at the apartment complex as the women yelled at each other, but neither woman was violent, the witnesses said.
Allison mostly stayed out of the argument but did exchange words with one of the women after she yelled at him, Underwood said. Then he walked with Goff and another man to a bench about 30 yards down Maryland Avenue, close to Merryhill Drive, said Goff and Underwood. Allison remained on the phone.
Not long afterward, three men walked up, Goff said. They did not seem aggressive until one of the men accused Allison of messing with his cousin – one of the women, Goff said. That man punched Allison. Another man took out a gun and started shooting.
Senseless is pretty much the only word.