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Child Shot During Festival At Franklin Park

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Columbus police officers say a child was shot at a park in east Columbus during a festival Saturday evening.

According to police, the 11-year-old boy was transported from Franklin Park to Nationwide Children's Hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh.

The shooting took place during the celebration of Juneteenth at the Park, a three-day event celebrating the date the last slaves were freed in 1865.

"I actually saw a young boy fall to his knees," said Rich Reed, who was working at a booth.

"I had to take my 75-year-old mother and move her to the side so she wouldn't get hurt," said Lawana Motley, of Columbus.

Officers arrested a 15-year-old suspect, who has since been charged with felonious assault.

Detectives say they have found the weapon believed to have been used in the shooting.

"Every year they get out here and show out. Now we're not going to have anything we can do that represents the African-American community and it's a disgrace," said Benita David, of Columbus.

Crystal Coleman, who was a vendor at Juneteenth tells NBC4 that she heard the gunshot. She says she's more disappointed at the violence than losing business.

"To know why we're coming together and we mess it us up that's so awful, it's sickening," said Coleman.

Carol Jefferson, who also a vendor said this is her first and last Juneteenth. Jefferson says she lost her son to gun violence.

"It just has to stop. I don't know what it's going to take but it just has to stop," said Jefferson.

The victim was not named, but his injury was not considered to be life-threatening, according to police.

Officers closed the park shortly after 7 p.m. as a precaution.  The festival was scheduled to end at 9 p.m.

 Some vendors tell NBC4 that Juneteenth is canceled for its last day, Sunday.

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