gun violence

An Ohio National Guard Humvee was parked outside the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday in anticipation for a planned armed march protest.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

In downtown Columbus this weekend, the flood of armed Trump supporters some feared failed to materialize. Maybe it was bad weather. Maybe it was the Browns game. Maybe people just weren’t that interested.

guns on display in a gun store
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to sign the so-called "Stand Your Ground" gun bill into law isn’t sitting well with some city and state leaders who thought they were making headway in their fight against gun violence.

guns on display in a gun store
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

A controversial gun law that removes the "duty to retreat" requirement before a person can use lethal force in self-defense was passed by the Ohio Senate, less than a day after the changes were added by the Ohio House.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Police say a 12-year-old girl in Reynoldsburg died when she was shot after a gun discharged in a neighbor's apartment.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus has set a new record for number of yearly homicides. Friday marked the city's 144th homicide so far in 2020.


Columbus Police are investigating the stabbing deaths of two people Monday morning on the East Side, after reporting at least three shooting around the city the day before.

U.S. Atty. David DeVillers (speaking) and ATF Special Agent in Charge Roland Herndon at a press conference announcing the new prosecution strategy.
Nick Evans / WOSU

To address a sharp uptick of gun violence in Central Ohio, U.S. Attorney David DeVillers is shifting his office’s focus firearm offenses. He’s creating what he terms “hot zones” in the Linden and Hilltop neighborhoods to fast track prosecutions into federal courts.

Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of Ohio State Student

Oct 12, 2020
Police car lights

An 18-year-old faces murder charges for the fatal shooting of an Ohio State University student over the weekend.

The new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Domestic violence-related fatalities in Ohio have spiked over the past year, and some experts partly blame isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Four years ago, Heather Tuck-Macalla moved back to Bay Village, and although she’s a firm Democrat, she did not put out a yard sign for Hillary Clinton.

“I was afraid of, I don’t know, just ruffling feathers with neighbors,” she said. “And I regret not doing that, because it’s worth ruffling.”

After all, this majority white, economically better off suburb backed George W. Bush twice, narrowly supported John McCain, and gave Mitt Romney a majority. But when the votes were counted in 2016, Clinton came out 10 points ahead of Donald Trump.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

A Franklin County grand jury on Friday returned indictments in five murders going back to July. 

Columbus Police cruiser vehicle
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Updated September 14 at 8:40 a.m.

On Wednesday morning, Columbus Police apprehended a murder suspect at the house of state Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus).

Mayor Andrew Ginther on Sept. 8, 2020, as the city logged 100 homicides for the year.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Mayor Andrew Ginther and the Columbus Police Chief on Tuesday once again called on the community for help as Columbus surpassed 100 homicides for the year. With more than three months left in the year, the city is on track to break its 2017 record of 143 homicides.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours a former supermarket that the city is turning into a free market and pharmacy in Linden.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Columbus leaders on Wednesday announced new initiatives aimed at stopping the summer's spike in gun violence.

Balloons were tied to a utility pole on Seymour Avenue in memory of Tahjze Patterson, who was shot on August 4.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Diamaunte Hale recently moved to Seymour Avenue on Columbus' East Side. He says carrying a gun here is normal.

“In this type of neighborhood, guns are needed,” Hale says. “But it’s regulation. Police are out here 24/7, so guns is on hips and holsters.”