Police identify man found dead in parking lot of southeast Columbus apartment complex

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police is investigating after a man was found dead in the parking lot of a southeast Columbus apartment complex.

Police say officers were called to a parking lot near Lakeside South and Shore Boulevard East, around 2:30 a.m., Tuesday, on the report of a body found.

When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered William A. Harris, 55, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

This was the city’s 138th homicide of 2020.

On Wednesday, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther called the rising cases of violence in the city both “frustrating” and “disheartening.”

“We’ve made changes to how our homicide investigations are taking place, and the chief is contemplating some other changes and additional resources she needs to help us make our community safer, but this is an all-hands-on-deck effort,” he said. “We have to be committed to deal with this violence in a comprehensive way.”

Ginther is urging those with information on crimes to share that with authorities.

Police continue to investigate Harris’s death and ask anyone with information to call the CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

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