1 Dead, 5 Other Teens Injured in Shooting at Bicentennial Park


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus Police continue to investigate the shooting that left one teenager dead, and at least five others injured at Bicentennial Park over the weekend.

Officers responded to the scene downtown around 11:30PM Saturday, where dozens of teens gathered. They were brought together by private messages on social media, inviting them to a "Riverfront Kickback".

The invitation mentioned "food, drinks, music, and scooters," with the ride-sharing scooter program integral in bringing party-goers together. There was no permit issued for the party at the public park.

Those scooters are now being used as evidence in the investigation, along with dozens of shell casings produced by the gunfire.

Mayor Andrew Ginther released a statement, saying in part, "I am saddened and angered by the tragic and senseless death of a young girl and another life lost due to gun violence. While police are still working to understand what occurred, it is clear that we as a community must do better to protect our children. As a father, my heart aches, and I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Anyone who has information should please call the police."

The community group, "Mothers of Murdered Sons" will host a rally at the park Monday afternoon, to call for an end to the violence, and for the city to enforce a curfew.