COLUMBUS (WCMH) – After a year with a record-breaking number of homicides in the city, new numbers show shooting deaths are way down.
Columbus police tell us there were 40 shooting deaths in Columbus from January first of last year to May 11. From January 1st of this year to may 6th, that number is 25. That’s nearly 40 percent decrease.
This comes as great news for members of the community and those who have put in the work to clean up the streets. Javon McCloud lives in the Linden area. He’s said he’s glad to see things finally looking up.
“People are actually starting to think. People got kids out here. They got lives to live,” said McCloud.
Maurice Cox with the non-profit End The Violence said he made many of the same mistakes that young people in the inner city have made. He now uses his life experiences to stop them from going down the wrong path.
“When these young see that we are out here for a bigger purpose and make them understand the you don’t have to tote your gun around to be somebody,” said Cox.
NBC4 requested an interview from CPD to find out what may be behind the decrease in shooting deaths, they were not available to speak with us.