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25-year-old CCS staff member killed in Central Hilltop shooting

The shooting happened on Belvidere Avenue shortly after 1:30 a.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Columbus City Schools instructional assistant was fatally shot in the Central Hilltop neighborhood early Saturday morning.

Officers were called to the area of Floral and Belvidere avenues on a report of shots fired at 1:40 a.m. While on their way to the area, officers received additional calls on a reported shooting at a home in the 100 block of Belvidere Avenue.

Upon arrival, Columbus police found 25-year-old Jamika Ann Tashawna Summerville suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to Grant Medical Center in life-threatening condition and was later pronounced dead at the hospital around 2:15 a.m., according to police

Police said no arrests have been made. No additional information was available.

Director of Communications for Columbus City Schools Jacqueline Bryant confirmed that Summerville worked as a special education instructional assistant at Highland Elementary School.

"This morning, we learned of the tragic death of one of our Special Education Instructional Assistants, Jamika Summerville. A committed and passionate educator, Ms. Summerville has worked with our Highland community for nearly five years. She was a friend to staff, students, and the community and presented a positive impression in the classroom. She was also a proud graduate of Columbus City Schools," Bryant said in a written statement.

The school's CARE and Wellness Team will be available on Monday for students and staff who may need support at school.

*Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that Jamika Summerville was a teacher. This has been amended to read that she was a special education instructional assistant and staff member.

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