Family pleads for answers after 24-year-old man shot during apparent home invasion


The Manias Family sat close to one another outside of Grant Medical Center, as they plea for answers in the case involving their loved one, Eric.

"Eric is one of my twin boys. I call him my hero," said Emmanuel Manias, Eric's dad. "He was challenged from the beginning of life with a heart condition pulmonary atresia, which does not allow the oxygen to pump into your blood."

According to Columbus police, Eric was involved in an apparent home invasion involving two male suspects.

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"He was out with friends at an establishment in Easton ... got home around 12:25 a.m. or so. And these gentlemen approached him as he was walking into his apartment, shot him, pushed him into the apartment, beat him up and shot him again," Emmanuel said.

Eric suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen, a gunshot wound to the left arm, a fractured hip, fractured jaw, fractured orbital socket, numerous cuts, bruises and other internal issues.

"You feel, um, you're helpless," said Alexis Hanson, Eric's sister. "You can't do anything for him. It's really hard to see him like that."

Detectives are now searching for the men responsible for his injuries.

"Just, just come forward," Eric's mom Cynthia pleaded while holding back tears. "Please make a statement. No questions asked."

The Manias family is clinging together as Eric begins to heal.

If you have any information regarding his case, call the CPD Robbery Unit at 614-645-4665 or the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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