COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — One man has died after a shooting in the Short North neighborhood early Sunday morning.
According to a police dispatcher, officers in the area of the 900 block of North High Street responded to a fight just before 2:45 a.m. As the officers approached, they heard gunfire and found 21-year-old Arthur Pickens with a gunshot wound. He was taken to OSU Main Hospital in critical condition.
Pickens was pronounced dead at 3:07 a.m., according to a police dispatcher. North High Street was closed between East 1st Avenue and East 2nd Avenue.
No suspect information is known at this time.
This shooting in the Short North comes eight days after a string of two shootings in the same neighborhood resulted in ten people being hit by gunfire with police recovering 11 guns. One person has been arrested in connection to those shootings.
Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein issued a statement Sunday, saying “everything is on the table” to try to solve the problem of violence in the Short North.
“Gun violence is troubling whenever and wherever it happens, but in high traffic and populated areas like the Short North, the threat to public safety is magnified when guns mix with alcohol and large crowds of people and vehicles,” Klein wrote in the statement. “While CPD is still investigating all the facts of this incident, what we do know is that something needs to change. We cannot accept gun violence as the norm in the Short North or any Columbus neighborhood.”