Neighbors say community needs to come together to combat violence after two teens shot

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Two 16-year-old remain hospitalized after being wounded in separate shootings over the weekend.

Just before 9 p.m. Saturday night, a 16-year-old girl was walking on Eureka Avenue when she was shot.

Neighbors say dozens of shots were fired, hitting the girl once.

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“Just a lot of gunshots, then we heard someone scream that they were shot, a girl,” Robin White said.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, a 16-year-old boy was shot near Parsons Avenue in the southeast side of town.

The boy was found just down from Lisa Lawler's house.

“The young kids feel like they are being targeted,” Lawler contends.

This was the second time in less than a week the same teen boy was shot. Columbus police say he was also shot the week before.

While police have made an arrest in the first shooting, they are still trying to figure out why he was shot the second time.

Neighbors say they fear for the teens, and for their own safety saying the community needs to come together.

“We should be very concerned. This is our youth in the city. We can't tolerate this,” Kelly Coates said.