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Shots fired in Short North; 1 person cut by shattered glass

The shots were fired in the area of High Street and 3rd Street around 9:40 p.m., according to police.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Multiple shots were fired in the Shorth North Wednesday night, according to Columbus police.

Columbus Police Watch Commander Larry Yates said they received multiple calls for shots fired in the area of Third Avenue, east of High Street around 9:40 p.m.

Yates said the gunshots occurred during a drive-by incident. Multiple shell casings were found.

One person was cut by glass that was shattered by a bullet. The person was walking to a car when a bullet hit the glass.

Police are talking with witnesses to find out what happened.

The Short North Alliance released a statement Thursday morning, which says in part:

"We are aware of the reported incident last night and are thankful that no one was seriously injured. Safety in the Short North Arts District is a top priority. Like many areas of Columbus, the Short North Arts District has been impacted by an unprecedented increase in violent crime. It is important to understand that within the Short North community, these incidents have been isolated to late-night hours after most businesses are closed."

The organization says it is working with local law enforcement on safety initiatives to provide escorts and increase police presence in the area. 

The Short North Alliance also states it is working to lead the Short North Violence and Injury Prevention Work Group to address problems and create solutions to city violence. 

According to the organization, the number of violent incidents in the Short North community has decreased over the past two months. 

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