Police: Gunman targeted officers in overnight shooting
No Columbus police officers were hurt after a gunman opened fire on them late Wednesday night on the northeast side.
Police say the gunfire began just before midnight Wednesday when officers got a call about shots fired on East 19th Avenue. A short time later, more shots were reportedly fired on Windsor Avenue. Another call to police said a house was shot at on East 12th Avenue.
When police arrived, they found at least two apartments and several vehicles that were hit by gunfire.
While officers were waiting for an assault squad to arrive on scene, an unknown person opened fire on police with a "high-caliber firearm," according to Columbus police. None of the officers were injured.
A Columbus police helicopter and SWAT team were called in to search for the gunman in the area of Windsor and Cleveland avenues. However, teams could not find the gunman and called off the search after two hours.
Hours after the incident, Columbus police tweeted "this has to stop." It comes in the wake of the murders of several police officers around the country.
On Thursday, Columbus Police Sergeant Richard Weiner said officers were targeted in the attack and they are now on high alert.
FELONIOUS ASSAULT ON POLICE OFFICERS: Please RT news release & help us identify the suspect(s). This has to stop. pic.twitter.com/FhKEdNrH1l— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) July 21, 2016