COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Three men were injured, two are in critical condition including one with life-threatening injuries, from an overnight shooting in the University District at an address rented through VRBO, according to Columbus police.
At around 1 a.m. Monday morning police responded to shots fired at a residence on the 2000 block of North Fourth Street, where a party was being held. Columbus police said witnesses claim at around 12:35 a.m. shots were fired into the residence from the back of the home outside in the alley. Multiple vehicles were seen leaving the scene.
Two of the three men were taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition while one of them is not expected to survive. A third was treated at the scene for a gunshot wound to the hand. All three victims are either 21 or 22 years old.
Police said there was a vehicle of interest that was found near East Norwich Avenue close to the property on North Fourth Street. A gun was found in the car, although a connection between the gun and the shooting or driver has not yet been determined. CPD does not have any suspects at this time.
Some University District residents said they’re used to some crime in the area, but Monday’s incident still proved upsetting.
“It’s definitely dangerous, and I hear about stuff like this, but it’s campus,” said Dan Forthbarker. “And it’s in some degree expected, but it was really sad to hear.”
Other residents expressed concerns for safety in the area.
“We don’t have a lot of light in the night,” said Alonso Cruz, who moved to the neighborhood about six months ago. “We need more security or something.”
North Fourth Street reopened as of 5 a.m.
It was earlier reported that the apartment was an Airbnb property, but a spokesperson from the rental company said there are no Airbnb listings at the listed address. Police confirmed Monday afternoon it was an apartment rented through VRBO.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation, is asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).