COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A 15-year-old girl is dead after a shooting in Franklin Park Monday afternoon.
Columbus police said Lovely Kendricks was pronounced dead at 9:35 p.m., hours after police said she was shot during a fight at Franklin Park.
According to Columbus police, officers responded to a ShotSpotter call at approximately 3:20 p.m. in the 1700 block of East Broad Street.
Columbus police Assistant Chief LaShanna Potts said the shooting started as a fight among several groups of girls. Police are trying to determine if there was one or multiple shooters.
The girl was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition but died later Monday night. The homicide unit is investigating the shooting.
Potts is once again urging people to put the guns down, saying this is another incident of someone bringing gunfire to a fistfight.
“Unfortunately, again, we’re standing here talking about gun violence where someone can potentially lose their life,” she said. “Don’t have to reach for a gun every time there’s an altercation.”
Michael Dekker was on the other side of the park at the conservatory at the time of the shooting. He said he heard a few pops, then later saw all the police tape at the crime scene.
“Right away, I thought back to what I heard earlier, the pops, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I know what happened,'” he said.
Neighbors in the area said they heard multiple shots and then saw children running. After a string of shootings at parks earlier this year, police and the city increased security at some parks.
“We can’t be any and everywhere and so I will say this again and I said it during the summer: Our parks are overwhelmingly safe,” Potts said. “Unfortunately, we don’t know what’s on the minds of people when they decided to bring gunfire to a fight and this is unfortunate.”
Anyone with any information or video from the park is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4545.
“We’re just asking if the citizens know anything, if they heard anything, to please reach out,” Potts said. “This person who was shot deserves justice.”