This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Homicide which took place in Columbus.
On Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 2:24am, officers responded to a shooting at School St. and Spruce St. No victims were found at the scene when officers arrived, but officers were notified by dispatch that two (2) victims had self-transported to Ohio Health Rehabilitation Hospital with gunshot wounds. Both victims had been in the area of School St. and Spruce St. when they were shot. Victim #1, Dariene Smith, had suffered a life-threatening injury and later that morning succumbed to her injury and was pronounced deceased. Victim #2 stated he was outside when a fight broke out between two males and one of the males brandished a handgun and started shooting at the other male. Victim #2 stated he started running with victim #1 when both were struck from behind. A third victim showed up at Grant Hospital with a gunshot wound. Victim #3 stated he also was in the area of School St. and Spruce St. when he was shot. The initial altercation occurred on the sidewalk by Callahan’s nightclub, located at Park St. and Swan St. There were numerous onlookers, several of whom appeared to have captured the incident with their phones. Surveillance video of two individuals that detectives are looking to identify may be viewed on the Crime Stoppers website, stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 11 a.m. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.