CRIME OF THE WEEK: Police still searching for suspects in 2005 east Columbus murder


It’s been more than 13 years since Ronald Bradley Jr. was gunned down in east Columbus and police are still searching for the suspects responsible for his murder.

On March 8, 2005, around 9pm, Bradley was in his car with three other young men when he drove to Arkwood Avenue in the area of Livingston Avenue and Courtright Road. After he parked his 1986 Chevy Monte Carlo, an unknown man approached the passenger side of the vehicle and struck up a conversation.

Without warning, the unknown man backed away from the car and at least two other unknown suspects charged the toward the car carrying shotguns. The unknown suspects began firing at Bradley and his friends.

Bradley attempted to drive away, but the suspects continued shooting, hitting Bradley and two other passengers. Bradley lost control of the car and crashed into a home on the 1200 block of Arkwood Avenue.

When medics arrived, Bradley was pronounced dead on the scene. The two injured passengers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Bradley was well liked and a member of the Walnut Ridge Football team. His family said they cannot think of any reason why someone would want to take his life.

Even though it’s been over a decade since Bradley’s murder, investigators are hoping someone remembers something about the shooting or that the right person with the right information will call police.

“We’re looking for someone that may have seen this,” Kristen McKinley, president of Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, said. “It certainly would’ve been noticeable. Shot guns fired and the vehicle accelerating and crashing. Anybody that would have information, somebody that spoke to the passengers and just didn’t share information with law enforcement, information from someone else … We’re hoping these individuals will come forward and help us find out who killed Mr. Bradley.”

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for Bradley’s death. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477). You can also submit a tip online at or through the free P3 Tips mobile application, available for iOS and Android devices. All tips are anonymous.

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