Search for man who shot girlfriend, killed her father continues

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police are still on the hunt for a man who shot his girlfriend and killed his girlfriend’s father last month on the city’s northeast side.

Columbus police said the two victims, Van Johnson and Elyzabeth Johnson, were arguing outside of a home of 2448 Ottawa Drive the morning of Dec. 10.

Jordyn Preston

During the fight, police said Elyzabeth Johnson’s boyfriend, 18-year-old Jordyn Preston, came out of the home and joined the father and daughter. Preston allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at Van Johnson, striking him multiple times. Elyzabeth was also struck in the attack.

Officials said Preston got into his girlfriend’s vehicle, a white Ford Mustang, and fled. He left the two victims at the scene.

Medics took both victims to a local hospital. Van Johnson died that same day. Elyzabeth Johnson was treated and released.

Van Johnson

Friends of Van Johnson told NBC4 he was a church deacon and community leader for the northeast Columbus area. Family members have asked for Preston to turn himself in.

The suspect vehicle was eventually found, but the accused killer is still on the loose.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to to e-mail a tip. Tips can also be sent by text to “CRIMES” 274637, keyword CMH. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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