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Police: 10 injured in Short North shootings; 1 suspect arrested

City leaders held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the violence in the Short North, and two other Columbus area shootings that left two people dead.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A total of 10 people were shot at two different locations in the Short North early Saturday morning and one suspect was arrested, according to Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant.

Bryant, Mayor Andrew Ginther and other city leaders held a press conference Monday afternoon to discuss the violence in the Short North, as well as two other Columbus area shootings that left two people dead.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, officers received reports of shots fired in the 600 block of North High Street near The Guild House restaurant.

At the same time, two officers were conducting patrols with food truck license inspectors in the 800 block of North High Street when they encountered a large group of people fighting on the street. The officers, who used pepper spray on at least one person, attempted to stop the fighting when gunshots were fired nearby.

Body camera footage from officer Carl Harmon and officer Jacob Velas shows them running toward the sounds of the gunfire and shortly after, firing shots at the suspects. Chief Bryant said multiple shots were fired before officers discharged their weapons.

Officers approached and arrested 20-year-old Jalen Bradley, who Chief Bryant said was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but later upgraded to "stable." 

The body camera footage shows an officer kicking a gun away from Bradley.
The 10 people who were shot, including Bradley, are expected to survive.

It's unclear how many individuals were shot at each scene and if the scenes are connected. All of the shooting victims are between 18 and 27 years old. Multiple people who were shot walked into hospitals on their own. Bryant said 11 firearms were recovered from both scenes.

A total of three officers discharged their weapons, according to Sgt. Joseph Albert. One of the officers did not have a body camera because they were working special duty and they aren't required to wear a body camera, according to Albert. That officer has been identified as Ian Mansperger, a two-year veteran of the police department. 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation into the officer-involved shooting portion of the incident in addition to documenting the overall crime scene. A spokesperson for Ohio BCI said two people were injured as a result of the shooting involving police officers.

During the press conference, Ginther thanked the officers for their work under the "extraordinary circumstances."

The mayor called on state and federal lawmakers to help get illegal guns of the streets. 

"If these folks are unable or unwilling to do their part to address this nation's growing gun crisis, then we have a simple request: Get out of our way. Let us lead at the local level to enact basic, common sense gun safety legislation," Ginther said.

Ginther said the Short North is a safe area, adding he and his wife had down there Saturday night.

"Every neighborhood could be safer. There were homicides in places other than the Short North [on Saturday]. Those neighborhoods matter too. Our responsibility as city leaders is to make sure every neighborhood is as safe as possible," Ginther said.

The shootings in the Short North happened within hours of two separate fatal shootings in Columbus, both of which police said were domestic violence related.

The first shooting happened in the South Linden neighborhood around 3:30 a.m., which left one person dead and three others injured. The suspect, Keith Pleasant, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Grant Medical Center.

The second shooting happened in the 500 block of East Whittier Street around 4:40 a.m. where officers found 36-year-old David Davis suffering from a gunshot wound. He later died at Grant. The suspect, Isaac Clark, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with murder.

Both shootings are under investigation.

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