Weber Road Market and Hartford on the Lake, two previous homicide sites
When Columbus Police homicide detectives were called 17 minutes apart to separate the crime scenes on Sunday night, the places they were sent to were all too familiar to them.
Two unrelated homicides were reported at 11:04 p.m. and 11:21 p.m. in a market and apartment complex, respectively, where multiple homicides took place in 2021.
The first shooting was reported shortly after 11 p.m. at the Weber Road Market on the 900 block of East Weber Road in North Linden.
When response officers arrived at the market, they found a 23-year-old man who had been shot in the face. This victim told officers that other people were shot behind the building.
Police found a 26-year-old man who was seriously injured and another man who did not respond and who was later pronounced dead at the scene by medics.
The 23-year-old victim was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital in stable condition. The 26-year-old victim was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in critical condition, but has since been upgraded.
Detectives had not yet identified the homicide victim mid-afternoon Monday, pending notification from the family.
The man’s death is the second homicide to occur outside of Weber Road Market this year. On March 28, William Gibson, 40, of Milo-Grogan, was shot around 4 a.m. outside the market. His death remains unresolved.
At approximately 11:20 p.m., police were called to the 2500 block of South Hamilton Road in the Eastland area in the southeast of the city, where Dasia Berry, 29, of the East Side, was found shot inside a vehicle.
Berry was rushed to Mount Carmel East Hospital in critical condition, where she died at 4:53 a.m. Monday.
Columbus Police said officers who responded to where Berry was found were directed to the Hartford on the Lake Apartment complex less than half a mile on the east side of South Hamilton Road.
In the parking lot on the 4500 block of Lakeshore Street South, they found a 39-year-old man who had also been shot. He was taken to Mount Carmel East in stable condition. Detectives say a preliminary investigation shows Berry and the man were together in the apartment complex’s parking lot when someone started shooting them.
Hartford on the Lake, located on the east side of South Hamilton Road, south of Groves Road and north of Interstate 270, has been the scene of two more homicides since August 1.
August 9, 38 LaMont Wilcoxson was found shot dead in an apartment. At On August 24, William Harris, 55, was found shot several times in the parking lot of the complex. These two killings have still not been clarified.
A non-fatal shooting was reported at the compound around 5 p.m. on September 7, along with a report of a hijacking at gunpoint on September 17. Several armed robberies and stolen vehicles have been reported at the complex since July 1.
The Dispatch left a message at the resort’s management office on Monday for a comment that was not returned. The apartment complex, which was built in 1973, is owned by two holding companies with business addresses in Jericho, New York, and Livingston, New Jersey.
Columbus City Attorney’s Office Zach Klein said on Monday the market and apartment complex were “our radar” to be screened for possible harmful actions as a danger to public safety due to the homicides repeated and other violence.
âThe City Attorney’s Office currently has a pending alcohol objection in the Weber Road Market, and in light of the recent homicide, we are evaluating any options or additional remedies for this property,â said Meredith Tucker, Klein’s office spokesperson, in an email. .
She did not give details of the Hartford on the Lake apartments.
The city attorney’s office has filed injunctions against companies where several police officers, shootings and violence have taken place, including Colonial Village Apartments on the Near East Side and last week a Mobil gas station on the south side.
The two fatal shootings on Sunday night bring the total number of homicides in Columbus to 156 by mid-afternoon on Monday.
Anyone with information about any of the homicides is urged to call detectives at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS. All Crime Stoppers advice is anonymous.
Bethany Bruner is a journalist covering public safety, breaking news and law enforcement.