District: Columbus Police Identify Man Killed in University Shooting Aftermath

Columbus, Ohio – Columbus police have identified the man who tragically lost his life in a double shooting incident near the state fairgrounds in the University District. Harry T. Harper Jr., 54, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning after sustaining gunshot wounds alongside another individual on Saturday night.

The Columbus Division of Police reported that the incident occurred around 8:38 p.m. on Saturday in the 400 block of East 13th Avenue. Authorities responded to discover a man shot at the scene, while Harper was found nearby on the 400 block of East 14th Avenue. Both victims were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, with Harper ultimately succumbing to his injuries.

Detectives investigating the case suspect that Harper was shot in an apartment on 13th Avenue before seeking refuge in his 2020 Toyota Tacoma, where he then drove to a residence on 14th Avenue before collapsing on the rear deck of the house. Upon searching Harper’s vehicle, law enforcement discovered a handgun with blood on it and two gun safes inside.

The Columbus Division of Police Homicide Division is urging anyone with information regarding the shooting to come forward and assist in the investigation. They can contact the division at 614-645-4730 or submit an anonymous tip to 614-461-8477.

The tragic incident in the University District has left the community in shock, prompting residents to call for justice as authorities continue to piece together the events leading to Harper’s untimely death. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with efforts underway to bring clarity and closure to those affected by the violence that occurred on that fateful night.