Kids call 911 after husband shoots wife in West Columbus home, police say

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A West Columbus woman was shot multiple times in her home this morning while her children were upstairs.

Police say Fernando Romero shot his wife, Lucia Romero in their west Columbus home.

She is still in life-threatening condition at Mount Carmel West hospital. Police say she is not expected to survive.

Police say the three children, ages 11, 13, and 15 were in their bedrooms when they heard screams coming from downstairs.

A man driving by told a 911 operator that he heard gunshots coming from an apartment on the corner of Fremont St. and Josephine Ave around 6:55 in the morning.

“I heard three gunshots and a female screaming,” the unidentified caller told the operator.

At the same time, a medic was called by one of the children from inside the apartment.

“My mom fell and she is bleeding a lot please help,” the teen told a different operator.

Columbus Police and medics arrived at the apartment at the same time, not know the other was called.

“What they found when they went inside was a female Hispanic, approximately 41 years of age, that had suffered multiple gunshot wounds,” says Sgt. Eric Pilya, with Columbus Police.

When first responders got there they found the backdoor open and the keys still in the lock, police say with no sign of forced entry.

A neighbor tells me there have been other police calls to the complex, but had high praise for the victim.

“She is a great mother too, she was always out back with her kids, playing with her kids, and this is just terrible,” says Joann Jarrell.

Police are not saying if the woman came home and surprised someone in the kitchen, but they did tow her SUV from the scene. Police say they have questioned at least one person, but are not calling them a suspect.

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