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Police searching for 16-year-old suspect, 3 persons of interest in fatal east Columbus shooting

Lelia King died after she was shot in a parking lot along East Broad Street near James Road on July 16.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Division of Police is attempting to locate a 16-year-old charged in an east Columbus fatal shooting and identify three other persons of interest.

Police were called to a convenience store parking lot in the 3200 block of E. Broad St. on July 16 around 8:40 p.m.

Once on scene, officers found 30-year-old Lelia King suffering from a gunshot wound. Police said a good Samaritan provided aid to King until officers arrived.

She was taken to Mount Carmel East Hospital in critical condition. She was pronounced dead just after 11 p.m. This is the 74th homicide in Columbus this year.

Update: July 22, 2022 The victim, a mother of a five year old, was killed when two separate parties recklessly...

Posted by Columbus Division of Police on Friday, July 22, 2022

Police said King was sitting in a vehicle between two groups shooting at each other when she was struck by an errant bullet.

On Friday, police said 16-year-old Kyrim Curenton is charged with reckless homicide and weapons under disability. They are currently searching for him.

Additionally, police released surveillance photos of three others they are attempting to identify who may have played a role in the shooting.

If you know the whereabouts of Cureton or can identify the others, you are asked to call Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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