COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A teenager was in critical condition after a shooting near a community center in Columbus Wednesday evening.
Columbus police said the shooting happened near the Linden Community Center on the 1300 block of Briarwood Avenue at approximately 5:53 p.m.
According to police, the shooting happened across the street from the community center after a fight broke out. The victim, a 16-year-old who was shot in the upper right chest, ran across the street and collapsed in the grass in front of the park.
The victim was given life-saving measures before being taken to Grant Medical Center. He has since been upgraded from critical to stable condition and is expected to survive.
Police remained on the scene investigating the shooting as of Wednesday evening, and did not have further information available.
It was one of several shootings officers responded to Wednesday, including one on the 7900 block of Oak Orchard just a few hours later. That victim was taken to Mount Carmel East hospital in stable condition.
Shootings like these two and others in Columbus have become all too normal, and they take a toll on everyone in the community. Arianna Galligher with the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) Program at Ohio State University sees firsthand how gun violence can impact someone.
“Folks start to become kind of isolated,” she said. “Their world gets kind of small and anxiety and fear start to dominate their decision-making. So, it really has the effect of robbing people of joy.”
These reports of gun violence come just as the results of a national gun violence study from the Kaiser Family Foundation were released. The report found one in five U.S. adults claims to have been threatened by a gun, with those numbers climbing to more than 30% when talking about family members.
“Seeing statistics like this can be rather sobering and it can foster a little bit of a sense of helplessness,” Galligher said. “It can seem like the problem is so overwhelming and so big, so how could we ever solve it?”