Fatal Shooting in Columbus Leaves One Dead, Another in Critical Condition

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On Saturday, March 16, 2024, tragedy struck the 2500 block of Schaul Street as Columbus Police Officers responded to reports of a shooting at 1:49 p.m. Upon their arrival, they found a female victim, later identified as Shantavia Walden, deceased from a gunshot wound.

Another victim, identified as Gerald Ford, was also found at the scene, suffering from gunshot wound(s). Ford was rushed to Piedmont Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

The Violent Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation into this tragic incident.

Authorities urge anyone with information to come forward and assist in the investigation. Those with information can contact Sgt. Michaeal Dahnke at (706) 225-4929 or email mdahnke@columbusga.org. Informants can choose to remain anonymous.

Additionally, information can be submitted anonymously via City Protect or by texting VACS followed by the message to 274637 (CRIMES).

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