Two men shot on Ohio Turnpike; police say not related to Columbus shootings

| 12/8/2003

A gunman turned his sights on a car traveling on the Ohio Turnpike about 50 miles west of Cleveland Dec. 2, law-enforcement officials said.

Two men were hit, one in the head and one in the hand, The Ohio Highway Patrol said in a statement. Both were treated at area hospitals.

The shooting came as the state tried to deal with a series of highway shootings in Columbus, OH. Law-enforcement officials said the Turnpike shootings were not related to the incidents in Columbus.

Cleveland resident Kenneth Fleetwood, 26, was arrested by the state Highway Patrol on the Turnpike shortly after the shooting. He was charged with “driving under suspension.”

Twelve shootings have taken place in and around Columbus, OH, since May. Authorities now believe that all 12 shootings at or near the southwestern part of I-270, a loop highway surrounding Columbus, are linked.

Only one bullet hit a human target. It struck and killed local resident Gail Knisley Nov. 25, just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Knisley was riding in the car of a friend who was taking her to see a doctor. A pickup truck was hit just a few hours later nearby. Other bullets have hit a school and other cars.

Police are moving closer to solving the case. While they would not release many details, they have received more than 500 tips, according to The Associated Press, and they have linked the bullets from four of the shootings through ballistics.