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