On September 22, a 19 year old, Carl Quiller was charged with shooting and killing one homeless person and suspected of shooting two others. Thomas Henson, 63, was sleeping in the bed of his pickup truck in a shopping center parking lot, and was fatally shot in the head . Investigators believe that the shooting of two homeless individuals on Thursday late in the evening of September 18 in a field were done by the same individual.
Quiller had made the 9-1-1 call seeking help for Henson early Saturday morning. After searching his house, they found the weapon underneath his mattress. Quiller told police that he hid the gun, but someone else did the shooting. The suspect is being held on $3 million bond. The other two homeless individuals were shot in the middle of the night, and are recovering in the hospital.
In 2013, State Representative from Lakewood, Nicki Antonio introduced a hate crimes bill to protect lesbian, gay and transgender individuals after an attack that took place outside a bar in Cleveland in which the attackers were using gay-slurs. We will ask Rep. Antonio to add homeless people to her bill after this attack in Columbus. It is obvious that a predator was out looking for homeless people for two nights in a row looking to hurt and kill people who are living outside without the security of a front door.
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