COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A 19-year-old was paralyzed Thursday evening after being shot on the city’s southeast side, Columbus police said.
Around 9:30 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting on the 1000 block of South Ashburton Road — the second serious shooting the block has seen this week — where they found the 19-year-old victim with a gunshot wound, according to the Columbus Division of Police.
The victim was reportedly in the front yard of a house when an unknown suspect approached and began firing shots at him “without any apparent provocation,” police said.
He was reportedly taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition. As of 6 a.m. Friday, police said the 19-year-old remains in critical condition at the hospital.
The incident marks this week’s second serious shooting on South Ashburton Road, according to past NBC4 reporting. On Monday, 21-year-old Lavarr M. Madison was shot and killed on the same block.
The 19-year-old’s gunshot wounds reportedly came during or shortly after a candle light vigil honoring Madison, according to police. It is unclear if the two shootings are connected.
Due to the severity of the 19-year-old’s injuries, police said the division’s homicide unit is tasked with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.