Deadly gunfire broke out at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday night. The shooting resulted in the death of one person and the subsequent lockdown of the mall. Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the crime. The Columbus police received reports about the incident around 6:15 p.m., with the caller stating their location near the Lululemon store.
Within minutes, an officer on special duty at the center discovered the victim near Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on Grammercy Street. Despite the officer’s efforts to render aid, the victim was pronounced dead at Mount Carmel East Hospital at 6:50 p.m. The Columbus Police Department confirmed on Monday morning that the victim was a juvenile male.
Two 13-year-old boys have been taken into custody, with one charged with murder and the other charged with obstructing justice. During a court appearance, the attorney for the teen charged with murder denied the allegations. The judge ordered him to remain in custody until his next appearance, scheduled for Thursday. Law enforcement officers swiftly locked down the area and initiated an investigation near the location where the victim was found. They also ensured the safe evacuation of shoppers and employees from the vicinity.
Columbus Police Sgt. Joe Albert stated that the incident appears to be an isolated one and not an active shooter situation. He emphasized that the shooting occurred in front of the mall, further indicating that it was not a widespread threat. Initial reports of a second victim were found to be false, according to Columbus Police Deputy Chief Greg Bodker. During a news conference, Bodker expressed concern about the presence of firearms among juveniles, stating that carrying a firearm under the age of 18 is illegal.