4 People Are Killed in a Shooting Outside Columbus, Ohio

A television station reported that three bodies were found in an apartment in West Jefferson, and that at least one other body was found outside.


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Four people were killed in a shooting on Monday outside Columbus, Ohio, the authorities said on Tuesday.

The shooting happened in West Jefferson, Ohio, a village of some 4,000 people about 20 miles west of the state’s capital. Christopher Floyd, the chief of police in West Jefferson, said in a statement on Tuesday that the authorities found a dead male victim laying outside the entry door of a building on Jackson St, near a cul-de-sac.

Three other bodies, of two men and a woman, were found inside an apartment, Chief Floyd said.

On Tuesday afternoon, the police identified the victims as Andrew Thomas Swindall, 45; Shawn A. Wright, 45; Jamie Danielle Lavender, 30; and Leon Billy Daniels, 38.

A dispatcher at the West Jefferson Police Department referred questions to Chief Floyd, who did not respond to an additional request for comment on Tuesday.

The police told the television station WSYX that they received a 911 call from a passer-by around 5:30 p.m. on Monday and that investigators believed the victims were killed sometime after 1 p.m. that afternoon. Chief Floyd told the news station that the passer-by had called “about a possible gunshot victim.”

“Upon our arrival and search of the house, we found three victims inside the house, more outside,” he said. “They have not been identified at this point.”


The authorities told The Columbus Dispatch that they found the victims’ bodies both inside and outside a duplex residence on the 100 block of Jackson Street. Credit…NBC4i.com

Officials had no information about a possible suspect as of Tuesday afternoon, the police chief said in his statement.

Chief Floyd said that the shooting took place on a dead-end street, and that the police were looking into whether the victims had been targeted, WSYX reported.

“We don’t know whether it’s a robbery, a target, we don’t know at this point,” Chief Floyd told the station. “Something brought somebody to a dead-end street.”

The last homicide in West Jefferson occurred in 2012, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

“Things like this just don’t happen in West Jefferson, or don’t happen in small towns,” Chief Floyd told reporters on Monday evening, according to the newspaper.

Officers from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were helping to process the crime scene at the request of the local police, Steve Irwin, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office, said in an email on Monday night.

Mr. Irwin said he could not provide additional details about the shooting because the West Jefferson Police Department was leading the investigation.

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