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15-year-old boy shot at Hilltop playground near Wedgewood Apartments

Police said the shooting happened in the 700 block of Wedgewood Drive around 5:40 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 15-year-old boy was shot at a playground in the Hilltop neighborhood on Thursday.

Police said the shooting happened in the 700 block of Wedgewood Drive around 5:40 p.m.

The boy was taken to Nationwide Children's in critical condition but was later described as stable.

Police did not release any additional information about the shooting. 

Columbus City Council voted last month to $44,800 to expand its ShotSpotter contract.

The technology, unlike the security cameras that watch over this property, alerts police in real time of any gunfire and is expected to improve police response.

The property manager told 10TV he spent thousands of dollars on security cameras and hired a Columbus police officer to patrol the property.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein didn’t disagree that the problems at Wedgewood go beyond adding more security. 

“There isn’t one fix that is going to address all the issues facing Wedgewood overnight. It’s going to take an all of the above approach that brings everyone to the table—ownership, residents, the City, community partners, and our justice system," Klein said.

Klein said Wedgewood ownership has been responsive to the city by adding security cameras and working with the Columbus Division of Police, but more can be done in the justice system. 

"I’ve consistently said that we need to rethink our juvenile justice system for the small number of repeat juvenile offenders who pose a threat to themselves and others. And we also need the City to come in and install ShotSpotter, and Wedgewood to continue to improve lighting and limit ingress and egress, and for residents to say something when they see something," Klein said.

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