Columbus Police launched a operation called “game over” targeting a large group of juveniles that are reenacting crimes they have seen on a popular video game Grand Theft Auto.
This Morning, February 20, 2021 at 5:03am, a resident in the 1700 block of Genessee Ave., called to report a suspicious vehicle had crashed in the alley, striking a gas meter, causing a natural gas leak.
Columbus Police patrol officers arrived and discovered that the suspicious vehicle had 4 juvenile occupants, two of which had been shot and transported to separate area hospitals, both in stable condition.
An independent witness stated that he observed the vehicle that crashed, was being chased by a white SUV while they were traveling s/b in the alley w/o Cleveland Ave., south of Weber Rd.
During the chase, it appeared that occupants from the white SUV shot at the victim’s vehicle several times. At this time, only one of the victims stated that he recognized the occupants from the white SUV as someone they had issues with over the summer. Both victims are expected to survive their injuries.
Anyone with any additional information on this incident is encouraged to call CPD’s Assault Unit at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).