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One arrest in shooting outside east side school

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Columbus police have arrested one person and issued a warrant for the arrest of another in connection with a shooting outside Liberty Elementary School on Thursday.

"This happened outside of the school. There was no shooting that happened inside the school," said Columbus Police Sgt. Elricho Alli.

Tara Morgan, a reporter with our news partner ABC6, reports the shooting happened as children were boarding school buses to go home. A witness told her that teachers quickly ushered the students back into the school and the school was put on lockdown.

Police later arrested Artica Woolfork, 32, of Columbus and charged her with 2 counts of felonious assault. They have also issued a warrant for the arrest of Arthur Woolfork, 30, of the same address, also on felonious assault charges.

The relationship between the two suspects isn't clear, and police haven't disclosed a motive in the shootings.

Sgt. Alli said a 14 year old boy was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the leg and Tywan Stewart, 20, was taken to Grant Medical Center in stable condition with a foot wound. Both were in stable condition according to Columbus Fire.

While there were no suspects in custody, Sgt. Alli said they were talking with several "persons of interest."

Students were escorted to nearby Independence High School to board buses and meet up with their parents to go home.

"At no time were the students of the school ever targeted. At no time were the students inside the school in danger," said Sgt. Alli.

Parents were upset that the school district wasn't releasing much information.

"I heard it on the radio," said one parent.

Others say they were called by other parents or friends in the area.

A neighbor told ABC6 she had lived in the neighborhood since 1976 and it was a good area until the past couple of years.

Sgt. Alli says they'll increase patrols in the area on Friday in response to the incident.

(Photo courtesy ABC6)

 

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