COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police are trying to identify a large group of teenagers they say is responsible for terrorizing Linden residents, including shooting one resident with a BB gun.
Police say the group, which it says is not a gang, have been reported robbing, beating, and burglarizing residents and then posting their crimes on social media.
Tirish Harrison was one of the victims shot with a BB gun.
“As soon as they pull that BB gun and the police see it, and they shoot one of them ….then they’re going to be screaming where is the justice?” Harrison said. “No, he shot your son because your son pulled that same BB gun that looks like 9 mm and hit me in the behind.”
Police say the group consists of about 30 kids going around committing serious crimes.
“I would say it’s not unnoticed and it won’t be tolerated,” Columbus Police Lt. Marc Helder said.
In another incident, Harrison said her daughter was punched several times in the face by a teenage boy.
“My daughter had to fight because a girl was going to assault me while I had my back turned,” Harrison said.
She added that the assault resulted in her daughter going in and out of consciousness along with serious bruises.
Helder said investigators are questioning some they believe are involved, but police need the community’s help.
“We want to do that, identify these individuals, but we need their help,” Helder said. “If they can’t give us information or don’t want to provide information that they have, that sort of …it’s like adding fuel to the fire. You’re part of the problem, not the solution.”