Columbus police investigate 3 shootings in 5 days

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Police in Columbus are appealing for the public’s help after responding to three separate shootings in a five-day period.

According to the Columbus Police Department, the first report of the shooting occurred around 5 pm on Wednesday, October 12th. Officers responded to the 900 block of 11thth Street. There were no injuries in connection with that incident.

Three days later, on Saturday, Oct. 15, a man told police that a person approached him in the 1100 block of California Street around 3:30 a.m. and fired shots into the ground during an argument. Again, no one was hurt in this case.

On Sunday, October 16, a woman was shot around 12:40 a.m. in the 900 block of California Street. She was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“We have a large number of detectives working on the cases they are assigned to. They’ve been working hard the last few days trying to piece this together,” said Lt. Matt Harris of the Columbus Police Department.

One concern is that people are using guns to settle their disputes.

“Whenever there is a conflict, we recommend that people take a minute and understand that there will be consequences for their actions,” Harris said. “A simple conflict can turn into a much bigger problem when guns are involved.”

The city averages one homicide a year, making shootings unusual.

“In all of these cases, we’re asking the public to help us and provide information on where the shootings occurred,” Harris said. “We’re hoping that someone may have heard or seen something and will come forward and can do so anonymously, but we need the public’s help.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 812-376-2600. Information may be submitted anonymously.

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