Columbus Family Looks For Answers In The Wake Of Deadly Clintonville Shooting

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UPDATED: Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:05 PM

Kourtney Hahn's parents say investigators told them their daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but the family says that doesn't justify why she was shot 18 times by police.

Her parents say they can't come to grips with their daughter's violent death.

The family adopted Kourtney when she was just a baby.

She was raised in the country where she took part in 4-H and excelled as a school athlete.

So the Hahn family can't understand what their daughter was doing in that car.

It began at 5 a.m. on May 15 on High Street when police tried to stop homicide suspect Emanuel Gatewood riding inside an SUV.   

According to police transcripts, Gatewood exchanged fire with an officer during the attempted stop.  That officer was injured by shattered glass and shrapnel.

About one minute later, the SUV crashed into some bushes near a fire station just north of the intersection of North Broadway and North High Street.

10TV reviewed a 600-page investigative report which makes it clear that during the pursuit, police believed Gatewood was alone and behind the wheel.   But when the shooting stopped, officers found Gatewood in the back seat of the SUV.

Kourtney was behind the wheel and was shot 18 times.  Her family wants to know, what was she doing in the car?  Was she being held hostage?  Threatened?  Why was their daughter, who'd never been in trouble with the law, shot until she was unrecognizable?

Hahn’s family believes Kourtney “lied to protect him”

The family also watched the tapes and her mother points out Kourtney never drove any faster than 42-miles per hour.

Police did find two weapons in the car, but there's no hard evidence to prove Kourtney ever fired a single shot.

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