Two suspects remain on the loose after a shootout at Booker T. Washington apartments. There were lots of witnesses and the community is ready for action.
Multiple gun-related incidents have occurred at BTW this year. Luckily no one was injured this time but residents say it's time for a change in the neighborhood.
Eyewitnesses say a man left a convenience store on Veterans Parkway and walked across the street towards BTW. As he entered the complex another man shot at him and he took cover and returned fire. The two then went their separate ways.
The owner of the store that caught the incident on surveillance camera ran after one of the suspects, following him to the Fourth Street Towers where police joined in the hunt. They were unsuccessful in tracking him down there, and there's no word on where he and the other gunman have gone.
Lots of kids were playing outside at the time of the shooting and 12-year-old Savannah Granderson saw the whole thing while she was jumping rope. "I thought it was some firecrackers," she says, "but then I saw a man pointing it at another man and I went into the house."
Her mother and other residents say there's no reason anyone should pull a gun out around youngsters and Savannah agrees. She says, "They might miss the person and then the children can die."
She says the shooting scared her, but the quick response from authorities helped ease her nerves. "I'm not as scared now because I know the police got it under control," she says.
At this time we do not know how widespread the search has become. If you have any information about either suspects' whereabouts, you're encouraged to call Columbus PD.
The city of Columbus is currently in the process of redeveloping the apartments.