Police Chief Thomas Quinlan says ten people were shot, three have died, and all were under the age of 26:
Quinlan referenced a rash of drug overdoses in Franklin County, including 15 overdose fatalities in a recent 72 hour period. He says the division will implement a youth services unit to better connect with young people and build trust. Columbus pastor Michael Young says violence cripples the community, and it's time to recognize the value of life:
Officials attribute the increase in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and illegal guns. Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther says state and federal laws limit the city's ability to enact stronger gun laws. He says the city is working to find more productive activities for youth during these trying times.