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Woman dies following shooting in east Columbus; suspect charged

Police say Heidi Duda was shot inside her van by Rodney Vanatta.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman has died after police say she was shot inside a van this past weekend on the east side of Columbus.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, officers were called to the 1000 block of Country Club Road, just south of East Main Street around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived, they found 48-year-old Heidi Duda suffering from a gunshot wound.

Duda was taken to Mount Carmel East Hospital in critical condition. On Tuesday, police said she had passed away. Her death is the city’s 27th homicide this year.

Police say Duda and 53-year-old Rodney Vanatta were together in her van when he shot her. Vanatta was initially charged with felonious assault before Duda’s death.

According to court documents, Vanatta is the father of two children with Duda.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is 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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