Man fatally shot during Blacklick home invasion

Local News

A man was fatally shot on Thursday afternoon during a home invasion at a Blacklick apartment complex.

Columbus Police say that on Thursday, May 9, at approximately 1:16pm, officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Cotterrew Drive and Arnbrae Drive, at The Woods at McNeil Farms apartment complex.

Officers were able to determine that a shooting had occurred inside of one of the apartments there. Police say that the shooting victim, later identified as Brandon Fenton, 23, was taken to Mount Carmel East Hospital in critical condition prior to the arrival of first responders by other people who were present at the time of the shooting.

Police reports indicate that Fenton was pronounced dead at 5:08pm.

Investigators spoke to several witnesses who say that unknown armed suspects pushed their way into the apartment and ordered the occupants to get on the ground. The witnesses told police that the suspects robbed them at gunpoint. It is believed that Fenton was shot after attempting to confront one of the assailants.

This incident is still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477).

This is the 39th homicide in Columbus in 2019.

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