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.
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.
Black males account for 75% of the homicide victims in Columbus so far this year. Columbus Police report that as of July 8, out of 63 homicides, 42 of the victims were Black men or boys, while 10 were white males.