COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Columbus police are investigating two separate fatal shootings Saturday at two of the city’s parks.
According to Columbus police, the first shooting happened at Nafzger Park on the 2800 block of Noe Bixby Road in southeast Columbus at approximately 6:10 p.m.
A special duty police officer was on patrol in the park when they heard shots fired, police said. While investigating the shooting, the officer discovered the male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
The victim was taken to Mount Carmel East where he was pronounced dead at 7:07 p.m.
CPD says investigators believe the shooting manifested from an argument between two groups at the park.
The second shooting happened about two hours later, at 8:24 p.m., at Saunders Park in the Mount Vernon section of the city.
At the scene, officers found two female victims. A 20-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:34 p.m., police said.
The second victim, a 19-year-old, was grazed by a bullet in the shooting and was taken to Grant Medical Center fin stable condition.
According to officers at the scene, there were multiple shooters involved in the Saunders Park shooting.
CPD adds that the two victims were attending a cookout in the park and that a third person might have been hit by gunfire while fleeing the scene.
These are the 33rd and 34th homicides in Columbus in 2022, respectively.
Police have not released any suspect information for either shooting and did not say if the shootings were connected.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus police at 614-645-4545.