COLUMBUS (WCMH) — One person has died and a second is in critical condition, following a shooting on the city’s east side Tuesday morning.
Columbus police said it happened in the 700-block of Byron Avenue, which is just off East Main Street and east of James Road. In addition to the two shooting victims, police said they believe one or two others were inside the home at the time of the shooting.
Crime scene tape blocked off the building in which police said the shooting took place. Friends of the two shooting victims took both to OSU East Hospital. There, police said, the male victim, 27-year-old Derrich Franklin Bradford, was pronounced dead shortly after 7:30 a.m. The female victim was flown to OSU Main and, at last check, was in critical condition after being shot.
“For the community’s sake, based on the information we have, the victims and the suspect all knew each other,” said Sgt. Dave Sicilian, first shift homicide for the Columbus Division of Police. “So we don’t believe anyone else in the community is in danger.”
He did warn the public to be on the lookout for the suspect, Marquis Denzel Braxton, whom he said no one should approach.
Braxton is described as being about six feet tall, weighing 240 pounds, last seen leaving the scene in a tan 2001 or 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. Braxton should be considered armed and dangerous.
“He’s definitely a person we want to talk to and that the community should be looking for,” Sicilian said.
Police continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.
Anyone with information about the suspect or where he is is asked to call the Columbus Division of Police homicide unit or Crime Stoppers.