Another car hit by gunfire on Columbus, OH, area highways

| Monday, January 26, 2004

A car traveling on Interstate 71 near the Lambert Road overpass was shot Jan. 22, NBC4 TV reported.

The area is south of Columbus near the town of Harrisburg, roughly 7 miles south of where most of the shootings have taken place and near the Franklin-Pickaway county line.

Driver Michael Thomas was northbound on I-71 in his car, the station reported, when he noticed a car atop the overpass. Two shots were then fired, hitting his windshield and hood. A neighbor also reportedly heard the two shots.

Since May 2003, nineteen shootings have now taken place in and around Columbus, OH. 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.