violent crime

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With just two days left, Columbus has seen 173 homicides in 2020. Columbus Police Deputy Chief Michael Woods says this is the most homicides the city has seen in a single year.

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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.
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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.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
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A Franklin County grand jury on Friday returned indictments in five murders going back to July. 

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

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
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Columbus Police are urging the public to come forward with information regarding a series of recent shootings. 

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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.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
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Columbus Police report violent crimes in the city are on the rise, which officials link to the coronavirus pandemic.