COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — At least five people were shot Monday morning during a block party in southeast Columbus, police said.
Around 12:30 a.m., the Columbus Division of Police responded to reports of a shooting at Meadows Apartments near Gender Road — on the 4800 block of Pintail Creek Drive — where officers said hundreds of people were in attendance for a party.
At least five people were injured — all of whom are in stable condition — but police could not confirm the exact number of victims. Just after 7:30 a.m., police released three male victims’ ages: 17, 19 and 19.
Medics transported three victims to Mount Carmel East hospital, one to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and another victim was treated on scene, according to police. All are expected to survive their injuries.
A residence on the 6000 block of Rossi Drive was also hit by gunfire, police said.
“People don’t understand when you’re shooting, that bullet is going to go beyond wherever your intended target is,” said community activist Arnetta Davis. “So, there were cars hit, other things in the community struck by gunfire. That could’ve been a kid sleeping on the couch.”
Davis said with summer just beginning, she is worried about what the next few months will look like.
“We cannot have a summer like this,” she said. “If you see something, you have to say something. It will be a long, awful, awful summer if we continue the way that we’re starting. We cannot do this to our young people.”
Davis said she thinks the community needs to become proactive, rather than reactive, to situations like this.
She said that can range from increased police presence to a “see something, say something” approach to curfews.
“I think that some type of curfew for our young people that is responsible and reasonable, right?” Davis said. “Because we don’t want to take the fun out of kids being kids, but we want to take the harm out of kids being kids. We want to take the destruction out of that.”
Davis said the community needs to come together to prevent incidents like this from continuing all summer and in years to come.
“The bottom line is, our young people, people in general, are getting hurt, getting shot,” she said.
Davis said that neighbors told her there was also street racing around the neighborhood as the block party was going on.