COLUMBUS (WCMH) — What police were told was a “Sweet 16” birthday party turned deadly Saturday night after three people were shot in what could be a gang-related shooting.
It happened just before 11pm Saturday on the 1600 block of Maryland Avenue. Police officers were initially responding to a report of a large fight between multiple teenagers at a party, but moments later, dispatchers began receiving reports of a shooting at the same location.
When officers arrived, they found three people suffering from gunshot wounds. According to Columbus Police, 18-year-old Tyquan Keion Lacky was taken to Grant Hospital in critical condition. Lackey was pronounced dead at 11:26pm. Two other victims, both 17-year-old males, were transported to OSU Main Hospital and are being treated for their injuries.
Police say witnesses told them that “dozens” of varying gang members attended the party, and that there are strong indications that the shooting was gang related.
The shooting remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Columbus Police Homicide Unit at 614-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS(8477).