Another truck may have been target of Ohio shooter

| 12/29/2003

A truck driver working out of Virginia may be the latest person targeted by the I-270 gunman in Columbus, OH, Channel 4 Columbus reported Dec. 24.

The driver, who works for a Springfield, VA, company, noticed two bullet holes in his trailer after his arrival at a delivery location in Fort Wayne, IN, the TV station reported. The load was picked up in Columbus.

The driver called the serial shooting task force in Columbus immediately, the report said. Officials of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives met him when he returned to Virginia so they could recover the bullets.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, the lead agency investigating the shootings, said it is looking into the case as well as several others to see whether they are linked to the 18 shootings along the highway on the city’s southwest side.

Eighteen shootings have taken place in Columbus, OH, since May. Authorities say the 18 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 five 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, an 18-wheeler out of Texas and the Virginia-based rig.

Police have now received more than 2,700 tips. A $30,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department 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.