Police announce arrests in connection with Weinland Park shooting

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UPDATE: Columbus PD says Cornelius Allen has been arrested,

The Columbus Division of Police along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced the arrest of a Columbus man in connection with a shooting at a public park as well the search for another Columbus man wanted on charges related to the investigation.

The shooting occurred at 9:43 p.m. on Aug. 11 at Weinland Park at 1280 Summit Street in Columbus. There were 150-200 people attending a party, officials said.

Danautica Wilson, 5, and 10-year-old Elaya King were shot, and 26-year-old Kevaeante Smoot and 29-year-old Cavaris Mills were also injured. Witnesses said they heard 20 gunshots.

Thursday afternoon, police announced Smoot has been arrested in connection with the incident. Police are searching for a second suspect, identified as 38-year-old Cornelius Allen. 

Smoot and Allen are both facing federal charges, accused of being convicted felons in possession of a firearm.

According to a federal complaint, DNA testing was used to link Allen to a gun found at the shooting scene. DNA testing was used to link Smoot to a gun found in the glove compartment of the car used to drive him to the hospital after the shooting.

Neither suspect is charged with injuring anyone during the incident.

The ATF is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to Allen’s arrest.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio has partnered with CPD on this case, officials said.

Only three people were willing to provide witness statements, officials said. Police say they believe members of the Short North Posse were involved in the shooting.


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