COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — One person is hospitalized after being shot in Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood Wednesday evening.
According to dispatchers, a 54-year-old man was shot near Herbert’s Market on Sullivant and South Glenwood avenues at approximately 4:52 p.m. Emergency personnel transported the victim, who was shot once in the back, to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, but he has since been upgraded to a stable condition.
Police said a witness at the scene saw two men arguing outside the store when one of them pulled a handgun and started shooting at the other man involved in the argument. The victim, who was not involved in the fight, was walking to the deli shop when he was shot, the witness said. Police said officers found the man lying right outside the door to the shop when they arrived.
Police said surveillance video from the market captured the incident and that a possible suspect has been identified.
Police blocked off the parking lot of Herbert’s Market and Sullivant Avenue near the deli shop.
Heidi Foster was inside the shop when the shooting happened. She said she was terrified when she heard the shots, but unfortunately, this isn’t the first time she has heard of violence happening in the area.
“Scary wasn’t the word for it,” Foster said. “They need to do something with this west side. It’s getting worse, it’s not getting better. It’s getting worse. I mean, I have 10 grandbabies that live down the street from here and I’m scared for them to walk down the street because of this now.”
The incident remains under investigation, and police ask anyone with any information to call 614-645-4141.