COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — As Columbus police continue to investigate last week’s shooting near a community center, another person was identified Monday as having shot the teenage murder suspect.
According to Columbus Police Sgt. Joe Albert, a separate individual shot the 15-year-old boy who was arrested Sunday on accusations of murder in the shooting death of Atayia Nichols, 24, near the Glenwood Community Center last Wednesday.
Police haven’t said if charges will be filed against the second alleged shooter or if the shooting of the 15-year-old was an act of self-defense, Albert said.
Police said witnesses at the scene told them there was a fight before the shooting.
NBC4 is not releasing the identity of the 15-year-old suspect due to him being a minor. He was taken to the Franklin County Court of Domestic Relations pending arraignment.
Neighbors on Monday said hearing about another shooting just down the street scares them, but what is even scarier to them is learning the news about a shooting in the area is almost becoming normal.
“Put your guns down,” said 10-year-old Kayla Johnson. “It’s not fun, it’s not safe, and it’s not funny.”
Kayla lost her father, James Johnson, to gun violence in Hilltop in 2020.
Now, hearing news about a 15-year-old boy being arrested for murder scares her.
“I feel like people this young shouldn’t have guns and I think they do it because it is like a trend or something, and it is not safe,” Kayla said.
Her grandmother, Brenda Johnson, is calling out for change. Her son’s murder case is still unresolved, and she fights every day to find his killer and stop gun violence.
“I just think it’s sad that a 15-year-old actually had a gun,” Brenda Johnson said. “It’s time for the parents to step up and know where their kids are, what they are doing, and who they are with.”
Kyla Johnson said her friends were going to play at Glenwood Friday, but she decided to stay home because she didn’t want to be where the shooting took place.
Renee Poole just moved to the neighborhood thinking it would be a good area to raise children based on the number of children she saw playing outside.
“We were really excited about living in the area,” Poole said. “And then for it to be right down the road just left like, yeah, you can’t get away from it. It happens at the grocery store, at schools, a little youth center.”
Poole said that it is hard to remember a day when we didn’t hear about a shooting happening in Columbus.
“I’m terrified,” she said. “I’m terrified about what’s going to happen with our kids moving forward in the future. It doesn’t feel like anything is being done about it. Like no one cares.”
Poole said she doesn’t feel safe inside or outside of her home, calling on city leaders to do something about this mess and stop young lives from being taken by gun violence.
This is the 59th homicide in Columbus in 2022.