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Police: 2 women killed, 1 wounded in shooting near south Columbus pub

Additional details surrounding the shooting were not immediately available.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two women were killed and one other person was injured in a shooting near a pub in south Columbus Wednesday night, police said.

Officers with the Columbus Division of Police were called to the 1500 block of South High Street between the Hungarian Village and Merion Village neighborhoods just before 11:40 p.m. The scene was near Double D's Pub on South High Street. 

Detectives said  24-year-old Tavia Copley was shot and pronounced dead at the scene at 11:46 p.m. Another woman, later identified as 24-year-old Taya Mollette, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died from her injuries at 12:29 a.m.

Police said a third shooting victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but their condition has since improved. The victim is expected to survive their wounds. 

Police identified the shooting suspect as 19-year-old Joseph Howard. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Howard is now charged with murder.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call to Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477).

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