This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Homicide which took place on the Westside of Columbus in 2016.
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 8:45pm, Columbus Police were dispatched to 174 Columbian Ave. on the report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they located a victim inside of the residence, identified as David Lee Hodge, who had been shot several times. He was immediately transported to Mt. Carmel West hospital where, at approximately 9:20pm, he succumbed to his injuries. It has been determined that prior to the shooting, the unidentified suspects broke out windows to gain entry into the residence. Once inside, the suspects went upstairs and were confronted by Mr. Hodge and another witness who also resided in the house. Unfortunately, this confrontation resulted in Mr. Hodge being shot by at least one of the suspects while on the stairs, leading from the first floor to the second. The suspects then fled the scene, possibly in a Silver Nissan Rogue. There exists the possibility that Mr. Hodge may have been familiar, to some degree, with his murderer(s). A photo of David Lee Hodge may be viewed on our website at www.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.