Columbus Man Sought in Ohio Highway Shootings


The suspect in a series of shootings that killed one woman and terrorized central Ohio is a troubled 28-year-old man who lived with his mother near the center of the shooter's favored territory, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Authorities were seeking Charles A. McCoy Jr. last night in the series of at least 24 shootings across four counties since May – many along I-270 in southern Franklin County.

A national alert sent to law enforcement said McCoy is mentally unstable.

As of last night, McCoy had been charged with one count – felonious assault in the shooting of a house at 901 Brown Rd. on Dec. 15, which is matched ballistically to eight other shootings, including the one that killed 62-yearold Gail Knisley.

Sources told The Dispatch that McCoy's father, Charles A. McCoy Sr., gave authorities two of his son's 9 mm Beretta guns and ammunition on Friday.

One of those guns proved to be a ballistic match to bullet fragments recovered from nine of the serial shootings, sources said last night.

McCoy was last seen at 4 p.m. Friday at the South Side house at 989 Radbourne Dr. owned by his mother, Ardith, according to a missing-person report. She told Columbus police that her son suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, according to the report.

McCoy disappeared a day after a relative called police naming him as a suspect.

McCoy has been pulled over by law-enforcement officers for speeding at least twice since the shootings began.

He was clocked at 82 mph on I-270 in Prairie Township at 6:30 p.m. on May 26. And one week before Hamilton Elementary School was shot, he was cited for driving 59 in a 35 mph zone on Obetz Road in Columbus about 3 miles from the school. He admitted to speeding both times and paid fines.


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