One person was killed and at least two others were injured in a shooting outside a community center used as a refrigeration facility in Columbus, Ohio, police said.
Officials say officers were called to the Glenwood Community Center around 5 p.m. Wednesday as the violence erupted.
Witnesses say shots were fired during an argument in a parking lot by the facility’s pool.
“It’s tragic that when arguments turn to violence, violence turns to the use of weapons, this is what you have,” Columbus Assistant Police Chief LaShana Potts said Wednesday.
Two victims were found in the parking lot and a third was located by following a trail of blood.
The victims were taken to Ohio State University Grant Medical Center and Wexner Medical Center, where their condition is unknown.
Police say the suspects are one man and two women. One of the women was the murdered one, she added.
Their ages range from teenagers to young adults.
the independent has contacted the Columbus Police Department for more information.
“I love you. I’m sorry you had to see this,” you heard a bystander tell his kid on a local newscast. bye. I’m sorry, I couldn’t live with you.”
“Two days in summer camp and someone gets killed, yes that hurts my heart,” the father told ABC 6.
The community center is being used as a cooling center as many in the city are without power due to an ongoing heat wave. On Wednesday, the forecast reached 97 degrees, a record set in 1897.
“Agents have been to cold stores, they have been to parks. We have had more than 4,000 positive contacts in the parks. We will continue to do what we are doing. We can’t be everywhere. Everywhere we can be, with the resources we have. We are diligent in moving our resources and we are going back to the table to see if we can do things differently, but at the moment we are doing what we can,” Ms Potts added.
About 169,000 Columbus residents were without power Tuesday evening, and electricity is not expected to be restored until late Thursday, according to utilities.
The violence in Ohio follows some of the deadliest mass shootings in US history, after 10 people were killed in a white supremacist attack on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and 21 were killed in a mass shooting at a school in Uvalde. , Texas.
Congress is considering a new gun control package after the tragedies that would increase safety in schools, fund mental health services and encourage states to implement “red flag” laws that would take guns away from those deemed a danger to the public or considered themselves.
The legislation could go into the Senate as early as this week.
“The deal was something that many didn’t think was possible a few weeks ago, but the Democrats and a large number of Republicans said we should try,” Senate Leader Chuck Schumer told VOA on Tuesday.