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Columbus Police Report Increase In Gun Violence

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Columbus police say a shooting Monday night in the parking lot of an east side library branch is part of an "alarming uptick" in gun violence.  

At a press conference Tuesday, Chief Tom Quinlan said as of Monday there have been 39 felonious assaults in the city -- a 56 percent increase over last year.  There has been an increase in the number of homicides as well.  And he says the violence is hitting some groups harder than others:

The Monday night shooting happened after an altercation in the Driving Park Library parking lot.  18-year old Jeremiah Williams was killed. His two brothers, 20-year-old Anthony Williams Junior and 17-year-old Jamada Williams, are hospitalized in stable condition.  Quinlan says there were more than a dozen witnesses, but no one has been willing to come forward - which is frustrating the investigation:


Quinlan says it is particularly disturbing that gun violence is already on the rise this year.  He says traditionally, rates of violence escalate in the spring a summer.

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