COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — An east Columbus grocery store suffered heavy damage after a car crashed through it overnight Monday, according to police.
At around 1:40 a.m., police went to the El Tulipan grocery store on East Livingston Avenue and saw a car crash into the building but the driver was not in the vehicle when emergency crews arrived, according to CPD.
The store owners said they received a call at approximately 1:40 a.m. and arrived soon after. They said they were devastated by what they saw, but glad no one was injured.
City building inspectors have been called by the Columbus Fire Department to assess the structural integrity of the grocery store. The storefront is boarded up with a sign that reads “unsafe to occupy.”
Tre Poole is a neighbor who said he stops at El Tulipan on his way home from work some days.
“It would’ve been a great tragedy if it had happened during the day when people were shopping and going about their daily business,” he said. “There’s heavy traffic. Daily people running around and getting their things. The parking lot is pretty much full.”
“Especially these urban streets where children are playing,” Poole said. “It’s getting dangerous, and people are feeling unsafe.”
Poole said he thinks an increased law enforcement presence in and around the neighborhood could help fix the issue.
“That would decrease the chances of people being egregious,” Poole said. “And if they are, they’d be apprehended as soon as possible.”
If you shopped at El Tulipan and need food assistance while its closed, you can click here to find a food pantry near you.
No further information is known at this time.