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January 23, 2004
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New Ohio Highway Shooting; Driver Says He Saw Someone on Overpass After Shooting

The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man whose car was struck by a bullet on an interstate said he saw someone standing on an overpass after the shooting.

Michael Thomas, 30, said he saw someone standing in the shadows in front of a parked car about 12:45 a.m. Thursday while driving home from work on Interstate 71.

Two shell casings recovered from the overpass were being analyzed, authorities said. Thomas said sheriff's deputies confirmed that a bullet had hit his car and ricocheted into the windshield.

There was no indication the casings were connected to 19 other shootings in the area linked by investigators. Those shootings occurred on or near a southern section of Interstate 270, which circles the city. Thursday's shooting occurred about eight miles south of I-270.

"I didn't see the weapon discharge. I saw a person stopped on the overpass," Thomas told The Columbus Dispatch. "I heard a ping and it (the windshield) cracked. That's when I realized someone shot at me."

Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin, spokesman for the task force investigating the connected shootings, said more details may be available Friday.

One of the shootings, in November, killed a car passenger who was on her way to a doctor's appointment.

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