Three injured in shooting at Arena District restaurant

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Three people were injured in a shooting near the Arena District Sunday evening inside a popular restaurant.

According to Columbus Police, the shooting happened at approximately 6:46 p.m. on the 400 block of Park Street inside the Park Street Cantina.

Columbus Police Lt. Larry Yates said the scene was “chaotic” when officers arrived.

“Once officers arrived, obviously there were a lot of people around, a lot of people running around,” he said. “The crowd was running.”

All of the shooting victims — two men and one woman — were taken to Grant Medical Center and are currently listed in stable condition and expected to survive their injuries, Yates said. The shooting victims were identified as a 22-year-old man, a 20-year-old man, and a 32-year-old woman. The 20-year-old was transported from the scene to the hospital in critical condition and rushed into surgery.

Yates added that two other people were injured due to broken glass at the scene, and both are being treated at local hospitals.

Police said investigators are reviewing surveillance footage in hopes of identifying a suspect.

Josh Brown, an attorney representing Park Street Cantina, said the people involved appear to be customers inside the establishment and that no one affiliated with the bar was involved.

“Right now, we don’t know who did it,” Brown said. “The security footage is being made available to the police.  We’re cooperating 100 percent with the police. We urge anyone who knows what was going on to come out and speak to the police.”

Yates said it appears there is one suspect and police do not yet know what led to the shooting.

“It appears from just the initial investigation is that somebody came in, fired the shots, and immediately left,” he said. “By the time officers got here, there was no suspect around.”

Yates added that of the number of people in the bar, very few are cooperating with police.

“I think we were very lucky that nobody died and more people weren’t struck,” he said.

Brown said the restaurant has security on site as well as security cameras and that the bar is a safe place to go.

Brown estimated six employees were working at the time, and that one of them helped by administering first aid to one of the victims.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Columbus Police at 614-645-4141.

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