COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police are investigating two separate shootings Saturday morning, one of them fatal.
A neighbor called in to police dispatch after hearing shots fired around 5 a.m. on the 4000 block of Larry Place on the city’s east side. When police arrived, the neighbor said there was a body inside a white pickup truck.
Medics pronounced the victim dead at 6 a.m. He has not yet been identified but is described as being in his 30’s.
A spokesman with the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9, released the following statement.
Once again we are waking up to the news reporting another life lost. Make no mistake about it, the City of Columbus is in crisis. We don’t have a “gun violence “ problem, we have a “people violence “ problem. Citizens of Columbus need to stand up, and demand law and order is established. Violent offenders need to be prosecuted and held accountable for their crimes. Enough with the talk, it’s time for action.Brian A. Steel, vice president, Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9
This is the 97th homicide of 2021 in Columbus.
On Friday, the city’s new chief of police, Elaine Bryant, addressed the shooting death of 17-year old Makenzi Ridley.
Makenzi was shot and killed Thursday night outside the Far East Community Center on Lattimer Dr.
“We will not stop. We will do everything in our power to ensure we stop this violence,” Bryant said.
As police investigate the Larry Place fatality, they’re also looking into a shooting on North Wilson Road in the Hilltop that injured two cousins around 4:54 Saturday morning.
The 16-year old victim was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left thigh.
The other victim, 19, was transferred to Grant Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left leg. He told police that he and his cousin were jumped by several men before they were shot.
Police are looking for suspects.