Bullet that hit home Monday linked to deadly Columbus shootings

| Thursday, December 18, 2003

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.

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