Ohio’s Department of Transportation has set up cameras
along the section of Interstate 270 where a string of 14 shootings has taken
place over several months, The Associated
The cameras, which sit on poles in the highway’s median,
were erected Dec. 8.
The cameras were set up just days after law-enforcement
officials briefly closed part of the I-270 loop highway around the city. The
shutdown, which took place Dec. 6, allowed officers to search for clues
regarding the shootings, investigators said.
The AP said 23 miles
of the highway – from where it intersects I-70 on the east, around the south of
the city to the point where it intersects it again on the west - were closed
for several hours.
In addition, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, which
is leading the investigation, has released a list of what investigators call
“behavioral aspects that may be associated with the person or persons
responsible” for the shootings. Officers have been reluctant to release a
formal profile up to this point.
Some of the “behavioral aspects” include:
person “fits” into the area, meaning they are someone you would typically
expect to see.
are able to come and go in the area without drawing attention.
are able to come and go at all hours of the day or night while arousing
have shown carelessness with a firearm previously.
are able to conceal themselves during a shooting, and are able to leave
the area without drawing attention.
Twelve shootings have taken
place in and around Columbus, OH, since May. Authorities now think 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.
At least three
commercial motor vehicles have been hit by bullets, according to police and
press reports: a Yellow Freight truck, a UPS delivery truck and a Coca-Cola truck.
Police are moving closer to
solving the case. While they would not release many details, they have now
received more than 1,000 tips, and they have linked the bullets from five of
the shootings through ballistics.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s
Department, which is leading the investigation, has put out public alerts
asking the shooter or shooters to contact them and start a dialog. In addition
to the hotline set up for tips - (614) 462-4646 – the Sheriff’s Department has
also set up a post office box for the shooter to use to contact authorities. It
is PO Box 360562, Columbus, OH, 43236-0562.