Three people, apparently adults, are dead, said Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner. A fifth person was taken from the house uninjured, he added.
In a statement released late Monday night, Columbus police said at approximately 5 p.m., police received a report of a shooting. Officers arrived on the scene within a minute and confronted an armed man running from the house.
The statement said the man has been identified as Barry Kirk, 50. He was shot multiple times during the confrontation with officers.
According to the statement, officers secured the scene and entered the house to check for possible victims. Upon entry, officers found four victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Columbus Fire personnel responded and pronounced three victims dead at the scene. The fourth victim, a twelve year old girl, was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in critical condition.
It was unclear what led to the shooting in a neighborhood on the city’s west side.
Police were responding to a report of a shooting when they saw the suspect. They shot him after a foot chase, Weiner said. He didn’t know if the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire. A weapon was found near the suspect, he said.
“I don’t know if this was a home invasion, if he was let into the house, if they knew the suspect,” Weiner said, speaking up the street from where numerous police cars sat, lights flashing. “That’s all of the questions that the investigator is going to be asking.”
The suspect was taken to nearby Mount Carmel West Hospital where he died shortly after.
No officers were injured. A handgun was recovered near the suspect, according to police.
A man who described himself as a family friend said one of the victims was a man about 30 years old who lived in the house with his wife and two children. Jeff Drown said he didn’t have details about what happened.
“He’s just a good kid,” Drown, 51, said of the friend who was killed. “He don’t get into trouble. He don’t bother nobody. He just raised his family. And now he’s gone.”