- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Twelve shootings along a five-mile stretch of interstate this year are connected, including one that killed a woman, police said yesterday.

Four of the shootings — three at vehicles and one that broke an elementary-school window last month — were from the same gun, Franklin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Martin said.

Although ballistics tests could not link the remainder of the shootings along Interstate 270, investigators said they “are comfortable” saying that all 12 are connected, he said. He would not elaborate.

The shootings began in May along I-270 in southern Columbus. On Nov. 25, 62-year-old Gail Knisley was struck by a bullet that pierced the side of her car. Many of the previous shootings have since been reported.

Authorities, who have received more than 500 tips, would not speculate on the shooter’s identity and would not release details of the type of weapon used.

“Collectively, we think it’s not good for us to put that information out,” Chief Deputy Martin said.

Local businesses have established a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Investigators on Monday linked a Nov. 11 shooting at Hamilton Township Elementary School to the others — making it the 12th shooting police announced in the case.

The school in Obetz is about two miles from the freeway. Superintendent Bill Wittman said he thinks the shooting was not meant to harm anyone because it occurred overnight.

A house was shot at yesterday near the freeway that circles Columbus, but investigators have not linked it to the other shootings, Chief Deputy Martin said.

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