SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Six people have been shot during a “celebration of life” in Springfield.
The shooting happened in the 1900 block of S. Yellow Springs Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol told 2 NEWS a person began firing at a celebration of life being held for an unidentified person who died “some time ago.”
One person was shot in the chest and taken from the scene by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital, according to Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf. Five other people were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Graf said the extent of the injuries to the six people were all non-life-threatening.
The owner of the event center where the shooting occurred said the person who rented the location wanted to honor the life of his brother who died.
Springfield Regional Medical Center was placed on a brief lockdown after the shooting with only patients allowed into the facility. Police tell 2 NEWS this is standard procedure and the lockdown has since been lifted.
Springfield Police told 2 NEWS at least one or two people fired shots through the door of a building. Police said the space once was a barbershop but is now rented out for parties and events.
OSP said police are searching the area for a suspect and no one is in custody. No suspect information was available. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now assisting in this case. Police have cleared the scene on Yellow Springs Street as of 9:30 a.m.
On Wednesday morning, Gov. DeWine addressed the shooting during a video conference for a bill signing. The governor said that two people are in custody following the shooting, however, Springfield Police have not yet confirmed that information.
Police are asking for people with any information on the shooting to call (937) 324-7680.
2 NEWS has crews on the scene and at the hospital working to learn more about this developing story.