COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bullet hole found in a van has been linked to a string of shootings along a stretch of interstate, bringing the total number of cases under investigation to 15, authorities said Tuesday.
The shooting at a used-car lot on U.S. Highway 23 was reported Nov. 15, 10 days before a woman was killed while driving on nearby Interstate 270, where most of the shootings happened.
The van incident was the sixth shooting police have connected through ballistic tests, Chief Sheriff's Deputy Steve Martin said. Although the rest of the shootings could not be linked through bullet testing, police believe they are also related.
On Monday, workers put up cameras on I-270 in an attempt to find the shooter.
A passerby reported a hole in the van to the car lot owner, police said. When police initially investigated the hole, they gave the car lot owner the bullet. After the shootings started, the lot owner returned the bullet to investigators, Martin said.