Two dead following shooting in Hilltop

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two people are dead and one is hospitalized following a shooting in the Hilltop neighborhood in west Columbus Saturday.

According to Columbus Police, the shooting happened at approximately 3:15 p.m. on the 500 block of South Wheatland Avenue.

Police said a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the face flagged down someone who called police.

The woman was only able to point to a home on Wheatland Avenue, where officers found a man and a woman dead, police said.

A business owner who wished not to be identified said the shooting filled him with many emotions but surprise wasn’t one of them. 

“Hearing about the two passings today really made me feel frustrated, angry, sad and mad. And it’s unfortunate. It’s two lives that we lost today that could have been prevented if we had change on the west side,” he said.

The woman has been taken to Grant Medical Center in critical condition.

Columbus Homicide detectives are investigating.

Police said there are currently no suspects and there was no Shotspotter alert, adding neighbors did not report hearing anything.

Last week, a shooting took place directly across the street from Saturday’s. 

Columbus police couldn’t say if the two were related.

The business owner is afraid they are and that a cycle of violence will only continue unless someone speaks out.

“We need to all unite and make a change in this community because this can’t last. We can’t have this,” he said. “Two people dead and no one wants to shed light to this issue because they feel their life will be at risk. If they speak up about this matter, they feel like they’ll be a target… Just like those who lost their lives today.”

Police were also unable to provide a motive for the shooting. 

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