I-71 delays after Columbus police shoot gunman firing on vehicles

A photo from the active shooter scene Friday morning on Interstate 71 shows a bullet hole in the front of a Columbus police cruiser that was allegedly fired by the gunman at police. The multiple bullet holes in the windshield were reportedly fired by the officer inside returning fire.

An active shooter standing on Interstate 71 northbound and firing at vehicles Friday morning near the Gemini Place interchange, striking at least three vehicles, was shot by Columbus police after an exchange of gunfire, police spokesman Sgt. James Fuqua said. 

The incident began shortly before 10 a.m. when a man exited a vehicle along the side of I-71 northbound near the Gemini Place exit in Delaware County and started randomly shooting at vehicles on the interstate with a handgun, Fuqua said. At least three vehicles were struck, but there were no reported injuries to motorists, he said. 

Columbus police and the Delaware County and Franklin County sheriff’s offices all started receiving calls about the shooting at 9:57 a.m., he said.

When officers arrived at the scene, the gunman began firing at them, Fuqua said, and and officers returned fire. The gunman shot at and struck a Columbus police cruiser multiple times before the gunman was hit by gunfire from at least one of the three Columbus police officers on scene and went down. 

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