COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A 19-year-old man is dead after a shooting was reported at a Dairy Queen restaurant on the north side of Columbus Saturday afternoon.
Columbus police dispatchers said the shooting happened at the restaurant on the 1500 block of Schrock Road at approximately 2:23 p.m. CPD said officers found 19-year-old Nathaniel Joe-Summerall with a gunshot wound. Joe-Summerall was pronounced dead shortly after at 2:32 p.m. Additionally, a second adult was shot and went to Riverside Hospital.
In a Sunday morning update, police said the two victims and several men gathered in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen in an apparent “planned meeting.” During the meeting, a fight broke out which led to the shooting.
A resident near where the shooting happened said an incident like Saturday’s isn’t something he was used to.
“I was at home, actually,” resident Elisha Gyasibaaye said. “I heard a couple of shots and I was like, ‘There’s no way there’s fireworks. What’s going on right now,’ and then my buddy, who was a police officer, just texted me. It was, like, ‘Someone got shot. Y’all be careful.”
The Columbus Police Homicide Unit is investigating.
“Right now, the officers are trying to work through, through all the challenges, all the obstacles, to make sure that we can find whoever is responsible for this and hold them accountable,” Columbus Homicide Unit Cmd. Mark Denner said. “These things take time. We want to make sure we get it right, obviously. We owe it to the family. We owe it to the victim, that we owe it to the community to make sure we get that right.”
Denner added that investigators believe the shooting to be an isolated incident, but won’t have answers until the investigation is finished.
This is the fourth fatal shooting in Columbus and the surrounding area since Wednesday. This includes two people shot and killed in separate incidents by police officers as well as a man shot and killed during an armed robbery at an auto parts store.