Last week the Columbus police investigated multiple shootings that occurred in the city within five hours. These shoots are just a continuation of the increase in gun violence the city has experienced in 2020.
On August 4, 2020, police officers responded to a call about gunshots at a business on Westerville Road near Thornapple Drive around 10:00 p.m. No one was shot in the incident, but gunfire struck a building and five vehicles. A one-year-old child in one of the vehicles sustained injuries by shattered glass.
Just about an hour later, police officers responded to a deadly shooting just after 11:00 p.m. The shooting occurred on Seymour Avenue, just north of Livingston Avenue. Twenty-three-year-old Tahzje Patterson was declared dead at the scene.
Around 11:30 that same night, a teenage girl was injured when someone shot more than 50 rounds into a house on Jermain Drive. The 16-year-old was shot in the leg and should recover.
Within minutes, there was another report of a shooting in the 2300 block of McGuffey Road. Police officers did not find anyone suffering from a gunshot when they arrived. However, a teenage boy came to the Grant Medical Center with a gunshot wound in his back.
The 17-year-old should survive. The teenager told police officers that someone in the rear of a vehicle that he approached on McGuffey Road shot him.
The following morning, just before 1:00, police were dispatched to a duplex on Durbridge Road. Officers were told that someone had shot the home just off of Sharon Woods Boulevard multiple times. Someone shot at another home around 3:00 a.m. on Karl Road near Sandalwood Place.
Multiple Shootings are Common in Columbus Right Now
Just 11 days earlier, on July 24, the Columbus police investigated multiple shootings within a 12-hour period. At least six shootings were reported to police beginning around 8:30 Thursday night.
Just after 8:30 p.m., police officers discovered a 30-year-old man on South James. The man had been shot in the head and was in critical condition.
About an hour later, at 9:30 p.m., officers went to Ohio State University East Hospital to investigate a reported shooting. The victim was a 15-year-old male with a gunshot wound on his leg. According to the teenager, someone shot him as he was walking home.
Around 10:00 p.m., a shooting injured a man in the 1400 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue. Just an hour later, another shooting in the 700 block of Carnaby Place injured a woman.
Within an hour, police officers responded to a drive-by shooting around midnight in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood. A man with a gunshot wound was found in a parking lot and taken to Grant Medical Center.
Around 2:30 a.m., someone allegedly shot at two teens in the Franklinton area as they rode scooters. One of the teenagers died from the injuries.
Gun Violence in Columbus Continues Now
The gun violence continues into this week.
Beginning on Sunday and continuing into Monday, someone shot a 35-year-old man in the back around 5:15 pm. On Sunday near the state fairgrounds on Jefferson Avenue. Another man was shot multiple times while driving in east Columbus around 6:27 p.m. Sunday.
At 7:56 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was injured as shots were fired north of East Dublin Granville Road in the 5800 block of Emporium Square. The boy was struck in the arm twice while he was in a friend’s car.
At 12:45 a.m. Monday, one person died from a gunshot wound, and another person was treated and released after a shooting along Channingway Boulevard near a Gentlemen’s Club.
Tragically, Columbus had its 85th homicide on Wednesday when a 2-year-old was shot and killed by his teenage uncle, who was babysitting. The fatal shooting took place while a fourteen-year-old male was babysitting his 2-year-old nephew and 1-year-old niece.
When the children’s mother left home to get food, Hodge took a gun out of a set of drawers. He thought he emptied all the bullets and then began pulling the trigger.
The fourth pull killed the toddler. Police charged the teenager with delinquency counts of tampering with evidence and reckless homicide.
Crimes in Ohio Involving Firearms and Other Weapons
When a person commits a crime with a firearm or a weapon, that person may face a variety of charges. Some of the weapons charges that a person might face include, but are not limited to:
- Aggravated murder
- Aggravated assault
- Unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon
- Using a weapon while intoxicated
- Improperly discharging a firearm
- Aggravated Robbery
The above list is just a few of the criminal charges related to guns or other weapons. When a person uses a gun in the commission of a crime, the penalties can be more severe. Talking with a criminal defense lawyer can help you determine the best way to defend yourself against gun charges.