COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Two people were injured in a shooting at a parking garage near downtown Columbus on Monday morning.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at about 9:45 a.m., along with Columbus police and fire crews.
Chief Deputy Rick Minerd said there was an altercation involving a female and two males. Minerd said that at least one shot was fired and that one male and the female were taken to Grant Medical Center.
NBC4 spoke with the female victim, Sheena Doumbouya, who said she came to the garage with the two men who were involved in the fight. Doumbouya said that she and the other men arrived at the courthouse so one of the men could appear in court that day.
“They started getting in a little tussle and after that I saw the police officer and I got his attention.” said Doumbouya. “And the dude, the individual, the suspect started fighting with the police guard.”
Doumbouya was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries and the male, who Doumbouya knows, was taken to Grant in critical condition.
“I got injured right here on the front of my head, he punched me in my head I got knots on the back of my head, had to get two stitches right here on my face,” Doumbouya said.
Angela Dutton, who said she was leaving the garage around the time of the shooting, said she never though something like this would happen at the courthouse.
“Being in a parking garage and you can’t get out, and there’s one way out and one way in basically it’s — I was worried, I wanted to get in the car with the door locked,” she said.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has asked the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation to look into this incident as a shooting involving an officer.
Three of the four officers trying to break up the fight were Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies who will now be on administrative leave per policy.
The Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9 released the following statement in regard to the shooting:
Minerd stated that garage camera footage could prove useful in the investigation.