Two more people were slain in Columbus over the weekend, adding more troubling statistics to an already deadly month.
So far in July there have been 46 shootings in Columbus, with 15 of them involving children under 18, 10TV News reported.
The latest deaths came days after Mayor Michael Coleman met with city leaders and discussed ways to curb the recent rash of violent crime. Columbus police are assembling a community response team that involves uniformed officers and the gang unit saturating neighborhoods plagued by violence.
But as authorities institute that plan, more slayings occurred.
Shaun Mitchell, 23, was shot and killed early Sunday morning near the Travelodge motel on East Dublin-Granville Road.
Mitchell, police said, was shot by a man he was trying to rob.
The person who fired the shots was located, but it was not clear if they will face charges. The case was to be presented before a grand jury for review, 10TV News reported.
Earlier in the weekend, a fight in south Columbus ended with a man being shot to death.
Brian Hill, 21, and two teenagers were charged in the slaying of Chad Oiler, 41, 10TV News reported.
Oiler was killed Saturday night along Fornoff Road.
Coleman last week appealed to residents to help officers investigating crimes in their neighborhoods. Police said they got help immediately after Oiler's shooting.
"The officers asked (citizens) the appropriate questions and within minutes we were able to locate them and it just took its course," said Columbus police Sgt. Christ Holzhauser.
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