COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – One person has died after a shooting at a gym on the west side of Columbus Tuesday night.
Columbus police said the shooting happened at an Esporta Fitness on the 1800 block of Tanglewood Park Boulevard at approximately 8:46 p.m.
The victim, identified by police as 23-year-old Tabias Cunningham, was taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in critical condition but pronounced dead at 9:37 p.m. at the hospital.
Columbus police dispatchers initially said a second victim was reported, but later said there was just one victim.
According to police dispatchers, the shooting happened inside the basketball court of the gym. Police believe the suspect ran out the back of the building when the other people inside ran out. They also said Wednesday morning they believe the suspect is a man who left in a white vehicle.
“We thought it was somebody deadlifting, but we realized it was somebody going too fast for that,” said Amar Singh, who was inside the building at the time. “We realized it was like five or six shots and we ran out the back exit. It registered in my mind after like the fourth shot and that’s when we started running and, for me, I kind of got, like, numb. I wasn’t thinking straight.”
Many of the people who fled the gym at the time did so without their belongings, including wallets, cell phones, and car keys. A COTA bus was brought to the scene to keep them warm.
This was the first of two shootings on the west side of Columbus Tuesday night. The second shooting was reported less than 20 minutes later on the 200 block of North Hague Avenue, where two victims were found critically injured, but later upgraded to stable condition at the hospital.