Police: 15-year-old girl dies following shooting in south Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio (10TV) -- Columbus Police are looking for a suspect after a 15-year-old girl was shot and killed in south Columbus.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday on West Welch Avenue.

Police say officers responded to a report of a shooting and found two teenagers, one boy and one girl, injured.

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The girl, identified by police as 15-year-old Shamya Saultz, was transported to Grant Medical Center where she later died.

Police say a 14-year-old boy was also shot and is listed as stable.

Police say they are looking for one suspect who allegedly, dressed in all black, walked into a home and opened fire at a family gathering, hitting the two teenagers.

A neighbor who lives across from where the shooting happened said she is shocked and doesn't understand why this would happen.

Linda Buckley said she woke up right before the shooting and immediately went outside and began to help, pushing her fears aside. She said what she saw was horrific and will never leave her mind.

"I didn't let myself get upset. Yeah, I was very shocked, you know, 'cause I didn't dream of something like that happened here," Buckley said.

A friend of Shamya's, Cody Taylor, said she was a bright young girl with a big future ahead of her.

He said he has known her since she was five and became close to her family. Taylor said she loved fashion and would always have a smile on her face.

Anyone who has information on the shooting is asked to contact Columbus Police Homicide Unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS.