A woman was preparing a bowl of macaroni and cheese at her boyfriend’s uncle’s home in Columbus, Ohio, when a hail of bullets tore through the house, leaving her dead.
Adrian Scott, 34, was helping prepare Thanksgiving dinner, laughing and joking—nobody in the home had any reason to expect lethal violence to strike.
The shooting occurred just before 1 p.m. at the house in the Greenview Estates neighborhood. Greenview Estates was built in 2008 as the city’s first energy-efficient, affordable housing neighborhood.
Scott and her boyfriend were spending the holiday at the home of her boyfriend’s uncle, who declined to give his name.
“Next thing you know, all we hear is shots ring out. We all dived to the ground and she fell backwards—she had that glaze in her eyes,” the homeowner told local NBC affiliate WCMH-TV.
“I told my nephew to put compression to the wound, and we kept talking to her so she wouldn’t go into shock.”
His efforts were not able to save her, however. Scott was later pronounced dead at the Ohio Health Grant Medical Center, the Daily News reports.
The homeowner said there were five people in the house at the time of the assault. Multiple shots were fired. A neighbor’s house was also struck, as was one of the cars parked in front of the house.
“It’s just a bad day for the family on any day,” Sgt. Stan Latta, of the Columbus police homicide unit, told the Columbus Dispatch. “The only thing I would think is every Thanksgiving they’ll probably think about this.”
So far the police have not released any information about the type of car used in the shooting, or any possible motive. However, the homeowner said, when he declined to give his name, that he did so out of fear of retribution.
People with any information about the crime are encouraged to call the Columbus police homicide unit at (614) 645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-TIPS (8477).
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