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The deadly violence that has plagued Columbus this year has resulted in seven homicides in six days through midday Wednesday and claimed the lives of at least 15 people so far in July, including a month-old girl killed on Tuesday.
The toddler was shot along with her year-old mother in what Columbus police have said was a domestic incident that began around p. The child's mother is expected to recover, police said. Columbus police said the year- Northeast Side man, who is currently on parole for a felonious assault and has pending weapons cases in Franklin County Common Pleas Court that bar him from legally possessing a firearm, shot the child and her mother inside the Sarin Street home. He put them in a vehicle and drove off, but crashed into a traffic in the area of Lazelle Road and Worthington-Galena Road.
A call from a passerby said the child's mother was holding her daughter in her arms screaming for help as the child bled. Passersby and the first responding officers performed CPR until paramedics arrived to transport the girl to Mount Carmel St. Ann's medical center, but she did not survive her injuries. The child's father, meanwhile, had carjacked another vehicle and later crashed that vehicle as well, police said.
He then attempted to carjack a second vehicle before being captured by Daddy 4 Philadelphia women thin son wednesday. Billy Sanders, 30, was also killed in a shooting that police responded to around p. July began with Columbus reaching its th homicide on the first day of the month. Since then, 14 more people have been killed as the city has gone only seven days this month without a homicide. Columbus homicide rate: Columbus reaches homicides and could surpass record ofdata shows. In16 people were killed during the entire month of July as the city stood at 75 homicides for the year by the end of the month.
The death toll has put a strain on police resources and has left city officials and community leaders searching for answers that will at least slow the senseless killings. The statistics themselves are glaring and grim, but behind those figures are mothers, a teenager, young adults and the baby girl. Chenelle Jonesa criminal justice professor at Franklin University in Columbus whose areas of expertise include policing. Deputy Chief Tim Becker, who oversees the investigations bureau, said the toll is being felt by detectives, crime scene technicians and lab analysts, who are seeing the amount of work they are called to do growing exponentially.
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Clair said. More: Theodore Decker: Columbus doesn't have to settle for homicide counts in the triple digits. The of non-fatal shootings has also increased dramatically, straining the resources of the felony assault unit. On Tuesday night alone, the two homicides were among three separate shootings across the city.
A year-old man was also injured in a shooting in the parking lot of Little Bar near the University District, but is expected to survive. And earlier that same morning, a year-old woman was found shot in the stomach on the West Side and rushed into surgery at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where she remains in stable condition. Police have not determined the location of that shooting, as it took place in a car before police were dispatched around a. Police are asking residents to call to report any sightings of a black Ford Fusion with the Ohio plate M There were also two other incidents, one on Saturday and one on Sunday morning, in which three people were shot and injured.
Becker said lab are being slowed because of a backup of evidence being submitted, causing delays in detectives being able to potentially identify or charge suspects. It's normally months before we get all the evidence back. There are 32 homicide detectives, which if all were fully trained would allow detectives to handle about cases a year, Becker said.
Additional resources are also being used, Becker said, including a partnership with ATF to create a Criminal Gun Intelligence Center to help track how guns are finding their way into the hands of people not legally allowed to have them. That partnership will be used, he said, to try to figure out how Roberts obtained the firearm used in Tuesday night's shooting.
Chenelle Jones, the Franklin University criminal justice expert, said any solution must involve an examination of public policy across multiple levels of government and also the involvement of social welfare organizations that might be better equipped to address the root cause of violent crime.
Just as crucial, Jones said, is a concerted effort for police and communities of color to build trust following a wave of racial justice protests last summer so that residents feel comfortable cooperating in investigations. The city of Columbus invested in a wave of summer programming this year to keep youth occupied and away from violent activity, but amid a recent spate of homicides involving juveniles, some wonder if it's enough.
: Ginther unveils slate of youth summer programs aimed at reducing violence in Columbus. Last week, year-old Jayce O'Neal became the 10th youth under the age of 18 to be killed in Marizah Thomas, 16, who was charged with a juvenile delinquency count of murder for O'Neal's death on the Far West Side, became the fifth juvenile in the city in to be charged in a homicide. : Friends and community hold candlelight vigil to remember teen girl killed in Far West Side shooting. Columbus NAACP President Nana Watson lamented what she said seems to be a vicious cycle of death and retaliation, and said it's up to parents to teach children constructive methods for handling conflict.
Jones added that while youth programming is beneficial, it should be expanded to include violence prevention efforts that focus on an older demographic in their 20s. In both homicides and non-fatal shootings, Becker said the lack of cooperation from witnesses and those with information is frustrating for detectives. They're in public places or with witnesses around.
There is some intelligence police have gathered to indicate that some of the shootings may be the result of retaliation among several groups. However, there is no definite information to prove that at this point. Columbus continues to have the most homicides of any Ohio city year to date, but has not reached s that other large cities have seen.
Dallas has reported homicides as of Tuesday. Chicago has reported year to date, while there have been in the city of Los Angeles and in Philadelphia. All of those cities are experiencing a ificant increase over levels of violence reported before the COVID pandemic began. InColumbus reported homicides, making it the deadliest year in the city's history. In andthere were and homicides, respectively, well below national trends for cities of similar size. Anyone with information on any homicide under investigation can call the Columbus Division of Police homicide unit at or report an anonymous tip to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at Facebook Twitter.
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Toddler among seven killed in six days as Columbus police say resources stretched thin