Police urge help in finding suspects in Ohio club shootings
Posted April 16
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police in Ohio's capital city appealed Sunday for witnesses to come forward to help them identify suspects in an early morning club shooting that wounded nine people.
An argument erupted into gunfire shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday in the J&R Party Hall, an after-hours venue, Columbus police said. Five females and four males were shot, their ages ranging from 20 to 33. Investigators weren't sure how many people fired shots.
Two people were initially hospitalized in critical condition, but police said Sunday afternoon that none of the wounded had life-threatening injuries.
Police have interviewed victims and other witnesses, but they say they haven't been helpful and some have refused to cooperate.
"This happens too often," a police statement said of the lack of cooperation.
"Dozens were at this gathering," Columbus police said in a Twitter post. "We need people to come forward."
Police said the most seriously injured person was a woman whose condition was improving Sunday. They said they hadn't yet interviewed her.
In another early Sunday morning shooting three weeks ago, Cincinnati police said a dispute escalated into a gun battle inside the Cameo nightclub. Two people died, and 15 others were injured. A man has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder.