The 37-year-old man who was reportedly shot multiple times on Sunday in Washington C.H. was still being treated for life-threatening injuries at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus as of Monday afternoon.
Around 11 a.m. Sunday, authorities were contacted about a shooting that had just occurred at 614 N. North St. As the individual, later identified as Jeremy Peters, approached the residence, shots were fired at him from inside the home, according to Washington Police Department Chief Brian Hottinger.
Police have had an uncharged suspect in custody since Sunday, according to Hottinger. The suspect’s name is not being released at this time.
“We never release a name of an uncharged suspect because it’s still under investigation,” Hottinger said on Monday. “He’s not been charged at this point in time and a lot depends on how Jeremy Peters progresses. On Sunday, we learned that he survived surgery and I haven’t had any updates since.”
Hottinger also said Monday that the motive for the shooting is still unclear.
“There were multiple shots discharged, (Peters) was struck and then departed the area on a bicycle,” said Hottinger. “He made it about a half block or a block and collapsed in a yard.”
Peters reportedly collapsed in the corner of a yard at the intersection of Grace Street and an alley that connects Grace to North North Street.
“Neighbors came out and rendered first aid, I believe,” said Hottinger. “We were called out to the scene and BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) was contacted. We discussed the case with them and let them know what we have.”
Peters was transported by Fayette County EMS to Fayette County Memorial Hospital before he was flown to Columbus.
“From the information I received, the person who was wounded never made it inside the residence,” Hottinger said on Sunday. “We have a couple different theories at this point in time as to why he was here, but I’m not at liberty right now to expand on any of those. This wasn’t arbitrary, there was a reason this individual was here.”
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