We are sharing the below information on behalf of the Columbus Division of Police regarding a crime that occurred in the off-campus area.
On 8/7/2021, at approximately 2:30 a.m., three Ohio State police officers were on patrol near the Ohio Union garages when they heard gunshots fired across the street. The officers then witnessed a crowd that was gathered near High Street and 13th Avenue begin to run in different directions. Officers responded to search for the suspect and located one victim. The victim had been shot and was transported to the Wexner Medical Center. He is not affiliated with Ohio State, meaning not a student, faculty or staff member. No other injuries were reported.
Suspect details are limited. Police believe the crime was perpetrated by one man who fled east on 13th Avenue after firing a handgun at the victim following an altercation outside a nearby business. Since this crime occurred off campus, anyone with information related to the incident is encouraged to call the Columbus Division of Police at 614-645-4545.
Crimes are never the fault of the victim. The Ohio State University Police Division encourages everyone to lock doors and windows. When possible, please walk with friends or coworkers and always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. If you see something, say something: report suspicious behavior by calling police. Additional safety resources are available at: http:/dps.osu.edu/resources.
The Ohio State University Police Division carefully considers information contained in safety notices. All decisions are handled on a case-by-case basis with the safety of our campus community in mind. Law enforcement officers and dispatchers are trained to interview witnesses in an effort to obtain as much information as possible, such as build, hair style, hair color, facial hair, skin tone, eye color, tattoos or identifying marks, teeth, clothing, shoes, etc. OSUPD may limit the use of race, or other descriptors, unless accompanied by a detailed description of the suspect. In an effort to share information in a timely manner, details may be limited and are based on information known or reported at the time.