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Columbus reports gun violence among teens every day; Cleveland ranks first in youth gun incidents

Published: Sun, October 13, 2013 @ 12:30 p.m.

Columbus reports gun violence among teens every day; Cleveland ranks first in youth gun incidents

Associated Press


On average, a teen in Ohio’s capital city is a victim of gun violence every day.

The Columbus Dispatch reports today that for last year, state records show more than 400 cases of Columbus residents under age 20 being shot, robbed, or threatened with a gun. Columbus police statistics show that half of the offenses were committed by other teens.

Interviews with youths found that guns are part of the fabric of some neighborhoods. In some, nearly everyone knows someone who has been killed by a gun.

Young people across the state are at risk of gun crime, but it’s particularly a problem in its biggest cities.

The Dispatch reports that Cleveland has the highest rate at 97 gun incidents for every 10,000 youths. Across Ohio, 2,355 teens were victims of a gun crime last year, according to the state numbers. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, 55 reported at least one gun-crime victim between 1 and 19 years old.

Young people in big cities are particularly vulnerable. Columbus, with 401 gun crimes, was second to Cleveland (541) and followed by Cincinnati (370) and Toledo (273).

By rate, however, Columbus fares better. Worst is Cleveland, with 97 gun incidents for every 10,000 residents younger than 20, then comes Cincinnati (95), Toledo (67), the state rate (64) and Columbus (39).

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