COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus police said they have arrested a suspect in the fatal Hilltop shooting of a 37-year-old father in late May.
The Columbus Division of Police held a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to explain what it knew about the situation. The victim’s brother, who police did not identify out of concern for his safety, also made an appearance to talk about his brother and his family left behind.
A 15-year-old Columbus girl reportedly turned herself in at a police station in connection with the May 24 shooting death of Jorge Fernando Guevara Rodriguez, CPD said. Rodriguez and teen did not know each other. Police noted at the conference that he was not a target, but rather hit by a stray bullet. The 15-year-old randomly began shooting down the street, and did not make any statements explaining why she fired shots when she turned herself in.
The 15-year-old faces felony charges of murder, and discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises. CPD also said it did not know as of Thursday how the teen got ahold of a gun.
Rodriguez’s brother contacted police concerned about the man when he had gone for a walk to the grocery store, but didn’t return. The brother spoke to reporters about the family man — who leaves behind a 14 and 15-year-old — through a CPD interpreter at the conference.
“Not only did they take away his life, they took Jorge’s family’s life and his two kids,” Rodriguez’s brother said. “I want justice.”
Around 9 p.m. on May 24, officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 2000 block of Springmont Avenue, police said. The 37-year-old victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at approximately 9:26 p.m.
A murder warrant had been issued against the 15-year-old suspect, who Columbus police previously arrested and charged with the March 2019 robbery of a Marathon gas station in Hilltop, according to a social media post from police.
Police continue to investigate the shooting and asked anyone with information to contact the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.