Ohio State University student killed in overnight shooting

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Police are investigating after a fatal shooting early Thursday morning that left a 20-year-old dead.

Police and medics responded to the 20 block of East Northwood Avenue shortly after 12:30am.

Tarak Underiner
Tarak Underiner

They found one man, Tarak Andrew Underiner, 20, with several gun shot wounds. Underiner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Underiner is believed to be a current student at Ohio State University, but said the incident doesn’t appear to be random, nor connected to the university.

Two residents of the house were taken downtown for questioning, but neither has been named as a suspect. The incident is under investigation.

Underiner was a member of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus, according to a statement put out by Ohio Students for Concealed Carry: 

Underiner is a 2014 graduate of Colerain High School in the Cincinnati area. A longtime friend of his, Grayson Ledbetter, told WLWT that Underiner was “an amazing guy.”

“(He was) always looking out for every body and never ever being selfish,” Ledbetter said. “He was also the smartest man I have ever met in my life.”

A Cincinnati-area Boy Scouts leader told WLWT that Underiner was an Eagle Scout and a “great role model.”

This is the first homicide of 2017. Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to called the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730.

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