COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Columbus's latest homicide left three people dead, including two children, which prompted anger from the city's Assistant Police Chief.
Officers were called out to the Winchester Lakes apartment complex just after 6PM Tuesday, on a report of shots fired. A car was found with multiple bullet holes, and three people were found inside, including two children.
Police identified the victims as 9-year-old Demitrius Wall'neal, 6-year-old Londynn Wall'neal, and 22-year-old Charles Wade.
Investigators say two armed suspects approached the car, and fired into the vehicle without any prior warning or provocation. The suspects then got into a waiting vehicle, driven by a 3rd suspect, and fled the scene.
Assistant Police Chief Lashanna Potts discussed the continued impact the violence has on the community. "You have a mother who is grieving the loss of her child, and you have a young male that was also killed. This is unacceptable. I am pissed. I am pissed. I speak for the division and the officers that have to go to these runs day in and day out. It's getting tiresome," Potts said.
The incident also raises Columbus's homicide total for 2021 to 186, which adds to the record already set for a single year.