COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Two boys were shot outside their school this afternoon on the front lawn of the Linden McKinley STEM Academy.
It happened just after class was dismissed for the day, around 2:40pm.
“All I heard is these gunshots go off,” said Ya’mya Wilson, a junior at the school. “I literally started crying.”
Police said two boys, ages 12 and 15, were hit. They were rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. One boy was shot in the shoulder, the other in the chest. Both are now in stable condition.
Eric Tanner was passing by the school when it happened. He said a teacher, who is also a registered nurse, came outside to help.
“Probably saved that boy’s life, because the boy was bleeding out,” he said.
Columbus Police Sgt. Rich Weiner said one of the boys who was shot made it back inside where they found the school nurse treating his wounds.
“I don’t feel safe around here,” Wilson said. “We’ve been on lock down every other month. That’s crazy. I don’t even feel safe at school.”
Parents here say they’re worried about their children’s safety.
“They are learning. They shouldn’t have to worry about walking in the door, getting shot up, getting on the bus, getting shot up. It’s their job to keep them safe,” said Shantelle Johnson, a parent.
According to Columbus City Schools, the school was in the process of dismissing at the time of the shooting. The school went on lockdown after the gunshots.
“They couldn’t get back in. They couldn’t call their parents. They couldn’t use no phones. It’s ridiculous,” Johnson said.
A spokesperson for the district said they have created a safe environment inside the schools and are asking for the community’s help to protect kids when the school day is over.
School officials later confirmed all other students have dismissed safely.
“The Linden area is getting really bad like, kids have been getting shot out here for no reason,” said Wilson. “Something needs to give in this community.”
The search for a suspect is ongoing. Police described the shooter as a young black male driving a four-door silver sedan.
Police ask anyone with information to contact the Columbus Police Assault Unit at 614-645-4141 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.