Columbus, Ohio (WCMH) — Multiple people were injured in a series of shootings in Short North early Saturday.
Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said the first shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North High Street. As police responded, a second shooting occurred several blocks to the south. Officers returned fire and multiple people were injured.
A troubled city-wide cop was sent out in response, according to the report. Brian Steele of the local lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
An update on this shooting, along with two other shootings around Columbus early Saturday morning, can be seen in the player above at a press conference from the Columbus Police Department.
Bryant said he didn’t have an immediate number of injuries, but said one person was hospitalized in critical condition and others are expected to recover. As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police have yet to say how many people were injured in the shooting.
No police officers were injured.
Columbus police have closed several blocks and seen a large crowd on North High Street, from East Second Avenue to Goodale Street, through the heart of Short North, a commercial and residential district just north of downtown Columbus. was given.
North High Street was closed for nearly 12 hours after the shooting as authorities investigated what happened.
An agent from the Ohio Criminal Investigative Service responded. They have a pact with the Columbus Police Department under which they are investigating a shooting involving a city police officer.
Police responded to two shootings during the night. 1 dead, 4 injured South Linden About 1 hour after 3:30 am, One person was killed in a shooting in South Columbus.
A violent night in Columbus provoked many reactions from law enforcement officers, local residents and Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther. “We need the state and federal governments to step up their role in keeping guns off our streets. You have to let us do that,” Ginther said.
Ginther calls for common sense safety laws and asks parents to put a curfew on their children. Bryant said gun laws were changed last June to give police immediate access to more weapons.
“The cops were here. We had cops around us, they were working, they were there. Because they were here, they were able to respond very quickly. So this We need to figure out how to control the gun situation,” Bryant said. mosquito?”
Many residents of Short North have woken up to crime tapes surrounding their neighborhood. Residents we spoke to said they were concerned about all violence. Short North resident Patrick Hiznai said he and his fiancée often visit the area’s bars and restaurants late at night.
“We do it sometimes. We know that being by Marcella is probably where it happened and it’s a better place, so yeah, we’re a little bit more to move forward.” I think we have to be very careful.
Short North resident Jeff Aufdencamp said the warmer weather had exacerbated the violence, saying, “I don’t leave my house after midnight. It’s too dangerous.” said he was also concerned about
“Anyone can carry a gun on the street, but it’s not illegal. That’s the way they’re made, so this is what we deal with,” Aufdenkamp said.
Bryant echoed Oofdenkamp’s sentiments.
“Obviously, as police, we want to make sure that we can keep people as safe as possible.” What we’re seeing is that guns will be readily available.”
Short North Alliance Executive Director Betsy Pandora issued a statement following the shooting, calling gun violence a “pervasive epidemic”.
“It is unacceptable that our society continues to experience such acts of violence. I am saddened to have experienced this last night in Short North,” she said. As a result of the new district boundaries that were enforced, there were reports of police presence and reports on duty only in Short North, with only the Short North Crime Prevention Team.All teams stepped in immediately.”
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