Police say they have identified the 13-year-old gunman involved in the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Jaykwon Sharp Wednesday evening.
Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan says investigators are in touch with the family of the 13-year-old and are working to obtain his surrender.
The shooting occurred outside an elementary school on Shady Lane Ave.
A second victim, a 14-year-old girl, was hospitalized with a less serious gunshot wound.
Police say it appears the shooting stemmed from an argument between Sharp and the suspect. Witnesses say the argument was over a cellphone.
Whitney Johnson, of Columbus, stopped by to visit a makeshift memorial where the shooting occurred.
“That blows my mind that somebody that young had a gun and walked up to somebody and shot them,” Johnson said.
Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said she was deeply saddened by the events.
“To think that our community has lost a young child — just really in the prime of their teenage years really hurts my heart and I know it hurts the community as well,” Roberts said.
Quinlan said the shooting was heartbreaking for the whole community.
He said young teenagers simply do not have the mental maturity to understand the consequences of gun violence.
Quinlan called on everyone in the community to discourage gun violence.
“This is not a healthy environment to have people carrying guns and solving disputes that way because they can’t process the consequence,”Quinlan said. “We’re the adults. We need to get that message across.”
Police ask anyone with information on this shooting to call the CPD Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.