The surge in atrocities is happening with the return of warm weather across central Ohio.
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Police are investigating eight separate shootings that took place last weekend, during which a total of five people were killed and others injured.
Three fatal shootings have been reported in or near parks on the east side of the city.
Columbus police responded to Friday’s first incident in the area across the street from Driving Park in eastern Columbus, where the man was later pronounced dead.
The next day, police responded to two more fatal shootings. At first, reported in Nafzger Park, officers found a man who was taken to a nearby hospital and later died. Soon Fr. A 20-year-old woman died in Saunders Park.
Three more shootings were reported on Sunday, none of which resulted in anyone’s death. Then, on Monday morning, officers responded to two separate shootings in the Hilltop area, during which a man and woman were killed.
The surge in violent crime comes along with rising warm weather in downtown Ohio. Police warn of a possible rise in crime ahead of the summer months. A recent report released by Columbus police says the homicide rate has dropped this year compared to the same period last year.
As of April 20, police reported 31 homicides; compared to 64 at the same time in 2021. After the report was released on Thursday, the number of homicides reported in the city this year has now risen to 36.
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