Teenager injured after house shot 15 times in east Columbus


COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 15-year-old boy was injured Monday evening after someone shot at his house on Simpson Drive in east Columbus, according to police.

The boy's father, Dashun Banks, said his son was the only one home at the time, and he was struck by a bullet in the arm. The good news is that he will be ok.

“There's one right here in the front where my wife would be standing when we make prayer. It would have gone right through and hit her right in the middle of the back,” Banks said while looking at a bullet hole.

About 15 shots were fired at the house.

“A random shooting would be one or two bullets, not 15,” Banks said.

Banks said he thinks whoever shot up his house did it on purpose, and was likely looking for his 18 year-old son.

He kicked that son out of the house two years ago because he was getting into trouble and would not change his lifestyle.

“I let that one go because of how he was living his life. I was like you can't be around here jeopardizing me or your siblings, and jeopardizing this house,” Banks said.

Banks also has a message for the shooters.

“I forgive them, thank God it wasn't anything tragic. Just let us go on with being a peaceful family. Just give us that. We're not the ones you are mad at,” Banks said.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police at 614-645-4141.