Columbus police responding to gunshots detected early Friday by their ShotSpotter alert system discovered a critically injured 51-year-old man inside a car in an alley behind a daycare center in the 2100 block of Cleveland Avenue.
John D. Moore, 51, was shot dead at 1:37 a.m. in a shooting that may have been an attempted robbery and a fight. He was rushed to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where police said he was then pronounced dead at 3:14 a.m. Thursday.
Moore’s death was the city’s 165th homicide in 2021 mid-afternoon Saturday. That’s only 10 less than the record number of homicides that took place throughout 2020, and about 2.5 months remain in the year.
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Homicide detectives also identified a man shot dead in a Wednesday night shooting between two men in the German village on Friday.
Police said that at approximately 11:32 p.m. they were called to Block 600 Lazelle Street and found two men injured as a result of gunfire. One of the men, Marcus George, 32, died about 20 minutes later at the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.
The other man – whom police did not identify beyond his age, 36, – told police just before his surgery that George approached him and shot him in the leg. The man, who holds a concealed transport permit, said he pulled out his own pistol and shot George in a firefight.
No charges have been laid against the second man. The case will be referred to Franklin County prosecutors for review.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477 ).