A bullet that hit
a home on Brown Road near Columbus Monday, Dec. 15, is from the same gun that
killed a woman on Interstate 270 in late November, the Franklin County
Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
Brown Road is located in the southeast part of the Columbus
area, near the portion of the I-270 loop where the bulk of the shootings have
taken place. The scientific match brings the total number of bullets that have
been linked by ballistics to seven, according to the release.
It was one of several shootings that took place over the
past few days in Columbus. A bullet hit a home along Refugee Road in the
southeast part of the city about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. In addition, a
motorist reported that an object struck their car on I-270 Tuesday.
Police were unable to discover what struck the car Tuesday
on I-270 just east of I-71, but Brown Road runs close to where the two highways
meet. The Sheriff’s Department did not release the exact location of the house
that was hit.
Fifteen shootings have taken place in
Columbus, OH, since May. Authorities say the 15 shootings – all 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 area 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 four commercial motor vehicles
have been hit by bullets, according to police and press reports, including a
Yellow Freight truck, a UPS delivery truck, a Coca-Cola truck and an 18-wheeler
out of Texas.
Police are moving closer to solving the
case. While they would not release many details, they have now received more
than 2,100 tips. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information that leads
to an arrest in the case.
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.