Series of shootings in Columbus leave 2 dead, 5 wounded


COLUMBUS (AP) — A series of shootings in Ohio’s capital city has left two men dead and five other people wounded, including a 13-year-old boy.

It did not appear that any of the three shootings in Columbus on Monday night were linked, although authorities said they all remained under investigation.

The first shooting occurred shortly before 7 p.m., when police responding to reports of shots fired found Jermar Watters, 32, in the city’s South Linden neighborhood. He was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later.

The shooting occurred after Watters and Kevin Warren Johnson, 54, were involved in an altercation, authorities said. Johnson has been charged with murder but remains at large.

The next shooting was reported shortly after 10 p.m., when police found Marquise Hale, 19, wounded and lying in front of an apartment building. He was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later.

Four other men wounded in the shooting later went to hospitals for treatment of wounds that were not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

The third shooting involved a 13-year-old boy who was riding his bike to a convenience store when he heard gunshots behind him, authorities said. He suffered a leg wound while he was in the store’s parking lot and was being treated at a hospital, but his name and further details on his condition were not disclosed.