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Shooting prompts Columbus police to increase patrol in BTW

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In less than a week there have been two shoot outs at BTW. The hike in violence has prompted Columbus police to put stop to crime in the area by keeping a closer watch with a heightened presence. 

"We plan to be very vigilant in that area in the near future and we ask that the residents help us out by providing us with the information that we need concerning these shootings," Captain Turner said.  

Thursday afternoon two suspects got into an altercation and begin shooting at each other. Surveillance video at a nearby car shop caught the incident on tape. One of the suspects was caught on camera at an area gas station just before the shooting took place.

Captain William Turner told us this afternoon that with more officers in this area they are hoping to keep people safe.

"What we plan to do is to increase our patrol and be very visible in that area and try to prevent these shootings and shots being fired," Captain Turner said. 

People living in the area we spoke to yesterday told us they want to see the area revitalized. Projects are in the works to revamp BTW like other public housing areas Ashley Station and Arbor Pointe. 

Captain Turner says an update at BTW would do the community some good. 

"Some of the criminal activity in that area will cease, I would think that a lot of that activity would cease based on what has happened in other areas of the city when those areas had been revitalized," Captain Turner said. 

Police are still looking for both suspects involved in Thursday's shootings. If you have any information you are asked to call Columbus Police that number 706-653-3400. 

 

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