Another shooting takes place along Columbus, OH, interstate

| 1/19/2004

A new shooting that occurred in Columbus, OH, has been linked to the series of shootings along the Interstate 270 loop in the area, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The incident occurred Jan. 11 near the Lockbourne Overpass on I-270. At 2:15 a.m., a bullet struck the hood of a car driven by a young man who was eastbound on the interstate. The bullet also damaged the windshield. The driver was not injured.

The shot likely came from the overpass, the Sheriff’s Department said, which is directly south of central Columbus. Most of the shootings took place west of the point where Lockbourne Road crosses the highway.

Police said only fragments of the bullet were left. Even though they were not able to recover enough for a ballistics test, because of the location, police are linking the incident to the series of shootings.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area and who may have seen something to call them at the tip line, (614) 462-4646.

Nineteen shootings have now taken place in Columbus, OH, since May. Authorities say the shootings – most near the southwestern part of I-270 – 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.

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.

The reward being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case has since risen to $60,000.

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.