Police searching for suspect in fatal Hilltop shooting

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police are looking for the suspect in a fatal shooting in the Hilltop area.  

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 3:14 p.m., Wednesday, officers were called to S. Harris Avenue on the report of a shooting.  

When officers arrived on scene, they found Derek Ponder, 26, and a 42-year-old woman suffering from gunshot wounds.  

Ponder was taken to Grant Medical Center where he later died.  

The woman was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. Police say she is expected to survive her injuries.  

An arrest warrant on murder charges have been filed for David Johnson, 19, for causing Ponder’s death, according to police.  

Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information on this shooting or Johnson’s whereabouts to call the CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477. 614-645-4141. 

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