Police: Teen shot while attempting to rob Meals on Wheels driver

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A teenager has been taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital after a shooting Friday morning in the South Linden neighborhood.

Columbus police reported the shooting about 11:20 a.m. in the 1200 block of East 18th Avenue.

According to the CEO of LifeCare Alliance, a 75-year-old Meals on Wheels driver was involved in the shooting after two young males attempted to rob him.

Columbus Police said the driver has a concealed carry license.

Chuck Gherig, the CEO of LifeCare Alliance, said the driver was making a delivery to a client when two teenagers pulled a gun on the driver and tried to rob him and take his car.

According to police, a 14-year-old suspect pointed a gun at the victim and demanded the victim get out of his car, which the victim did. A second suspect, believed to be 15-year-old, allegedly stole the victim’s cellphone and wallet.

When the 14-year-old started the vehicle, the victim pulled his gun, police said. The 14-year-old pointed his gun at the victim, at which point, the victim shot at the teens three times, hitting the 14-year-old at least once, police said.

The 15-year-old suspect fled on foot, police said.

The Meals on Wheels driver is a retired police officer and was armed, Gherig said, but added they do not allow guns in their facilities nor do they provide weapons to any of their drivers.

Columbus Police said the driver will not be charged. Charges are pending against the 14-year-old.

Police said the 14-year-old was arrested in August for theft of a motor vehicle, a felony. He was also arrested in July for two counts of felony robbery and kidnapping.

Gherig said he’s been CEO for more than 19 years and has never experienced anything like this happening, but that the crime will not slow the organization down.

“We’ve got a lot of people out there,” Gehrig said. “You know our meals are up 65 percent since COVID started and we’re not stopping. We’re delivering meals every day, seven days a week. We’re going out on Thanksgiving Day, full board. We’ll be full board on Christmas day and New Year’s Day. We’ve got to get to these people.”

The gunshot victim was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition, but has been updated to stable condition, Columbus Police said.

The 14-year-old has been charged with aggravated robbery.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4665.

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