COLUMBUS, OHIO (WCMH) – One person is dead and another was injured during a shooting just north of Downtown Columbus Wednesday morning.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at 12:14 a.m. and pronounced one dead, 31-year-old Roosevelt Carroll III, at the scene at a parking lot on the corner of Kerr Street and Warren Street in Columbus’ Italian Village. A second victim, a 57-year-old man, was taken to an area hospital, and is listed in stable condition.
The victims were father and son, Columbus police confirmed to NBC4.
Shell casings found at the scene indicate there may have been more than one gun involved, according to police.
Witnesses told police that there was a verbal altercation that escalated into shots being fired.
The intersection of Kerr Street and Warren Street was closed as CPD’s homicide unit continued to investigate.
This fatal shooting occurred two weeks after a pair of shootings happened in a span of 24 hours. On Monday, June 19 a man was found dead, lying next to a dumpster with a gunshot wound to his head. The next morning two men were hospitalized after being shot near Weinland Park.
Nearby neighbors and community leaders said on Wednesday that it is concerning to hear of a third shooting in the area in just three weeks, and now they are searching for a long-term solution.
“I’m shocked, I’m hurt, and I’m let down,” resident Danielle Rossey said.
David Sharvin, vice president of the Italian Village Society, said the organization attends all meetings with the Short North Alliance when safety is on the agenda.
“I know specifically there have been residents on Kerr Street that have expressed safety issues in the past, whether that’s fast cars or other incidents of violence or other safety concerns, and most of that has been since the safety measures were implemented on High Street,” Sharvin said.
He said other neighborhoods surrounding the Short North are feeling this too.
“Every day I read the news,” Rossey said. “The first thing I do is ask Alexa or Siri and ask what the news is for this zip code every day and I’m never surprised because I already know it is going to be like 2.5 casualties in Columbus.”
They are asking city leaders to take notice and hopefully increase enforcement.
“I hope that the city continues their efforts and I hope that they extend into Italian Village and this stuff doesn’t spread out to Italian Village, Harrison West and Victorian Village,” Sharvin said.
CPD is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).