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More tips sought in OH

Nearly 2,000 tips have been reported to police in their investigation into a string of shootings along a stretch of Interstate 270 and authorities urged residents to continue to phone in.

BY PJ HELLER | COLUMBUS, Ohio | December 12, 2003


"We encourage everybody to call in no matter what they think is valuable or (not valuable)"

—Chief Deputy Steve Martin


Nearly 2,000 tips have been reported to police in their investigation into a string of shootings along a stretch of Interstate 270 and authorities urged residents to continue to phone in.

So far, authorities are investigating 15 incidents, six of which have been positively linked through ballistic tests. The latest link came earlier this week when police matched a bullet which had struck a van in a used car parking lot Nov. 15 to five other shootings.

One of those shootings resulted in the death Nov. 25 of Gail Knisley, 62, who was being driven on I-270 to a doctor’s appointment. She is the only person hit in the shootings, which date to May 10.

The majority of the shootings occurred in October and November.

Police said they believe all of the shootings are related. The bullets have struck cars, a house and a school.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said it has received 1,720 leads but gave no indication of how close it might be to making an arrest in the case. The number of calls has declined steadily as the case has dragged on.

“We encourage everybody to call in no matter what they think is valuable or (not valuable),” said Chief Deputy Steve Martin. “It’s up to us to evaluate the leads themselves.”

“We are getting quality leads,” he added.

A task force of local and federal investigators set up a hot line two days after Knisley’s death when a pattern of the shooting emerged. Authorities this week also set up cameras along the interstate in an attempt to find the shooter or shooters.

Police said the person responsible for shootings may live or work in the area, drive a nondescript vehicle which may have been altered to allow for concealed shooting, and may have exhibited personality of behavioral changes, altered routines or shows an intense interest in the case.

Authorities have posted a $20,000 reward in the case.


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