Screaming girl carried toward help after picnic shooting

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A picnic turned into a nightmare for four people shot in Weinland Park in the evening of August 11 — two of them children.

Neighbor Jull Gravatt said after she and her husband heard gunshots they saw several people running from Weinland Park, and scared children and adults ducked behind cars, afraid for their lives.

“We’re just sitting out on the porch, then we went in, and we heard bang, bang, bang, bang,” said Gravatt. “I looked out and saw people scattering everywhere.”

That’s when she called the police.

Gravatt lives across the street from the park, and said she felt surprised to have heard the gunshots because she knew there was a picnic happening at the park with a lot of people including kids.

“There was a good mix of little kids, you know and teenagers. “That’s why it was so scary that someone who would, you know, in the park with kids there.”

Two little girls, one five and the other ten years old, were shot.

Gravatt explained how someone carried the 5-year-old girl across the street in front of her house. She says she wanted to help, but was afraid for her own safety.

“They were crying and screaming and I wanted to bring them in the house but we were afraid to go outside and then we would get hurt.”

Gravatt still can’t believe this happened so close to home. “We never had seen anything like that with all that gunfire,” said Gravatt.

Police say there nearly 200 people were at the park but only three people provided witness statements.

If you have any information about this shooting contact Columbus Police Department at 614-645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS

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