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Gahanna: Police Department fields numerous calls about gunshots

Gahanna police responded to several calls from residents who reported hearing what they thought were gunshots March 15-17 on Penny Lane and Ridenour Road.

About midnight March 17, police received reports of shots fired near the Gahanna Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road. A kid with a cap gun was scene entering a car and leaving, according to police. As police checked the area, 15 cars were coming down Olde Ridenour, and every car the officer passed had three to four youths in it, according to reports.

At 11:35 p.m. March 15, a resident in the 200 block of Penny Lane reported she heard three gunshots in front of her residence. The caller didn't see a person or vehicle leaving the area. Police found three casings on Penny Lane and called local hospitals to see if anyone had been admitted with gunshot wounds. None of the hospitals had anyone visit their emergency rooms with gunshot wounds.

Several hours later, at 1:28 a.m. March 16, a King George Avenue resident reported hearing a gunshot coming from Empire Drive, between King George and Daventry. She said she heard one shot, a one-second pause and then several shots. Several neighbors also said they heard the shots.

Police said the incident could be linked to the shots heard earlier that night.

Police received yet another call at 10:04 p.m. March 16 from an anonymous person who heard one shot and saw a flash in the 150 block of Stygler Road. Other reports came from Green Meadow Drive neighbors, who also reported hearing one shot. A police officer who was in the area at the time said he believed it was fireworks.

In other recent Gahanna Division of Police incident reports:

* A suspicious vehicle report was received at 12:42 p.m. March 12 at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Court. The caller said the vehicle's motor was running but no one was around. Police found the driver with his seat reclined, nappingPolice also took a report of a suspicious vehicle at 4:53 p.m. March 13 at Middle School East, 730 Clotts Road, because a man was sleeping in his car. Police said the man was a parent who was taking a nap while waiting for his son to get out of school.

* Police received a complaint at 4:45 p.m. March 12 concerning three children who were left alone in a vehicle with the motor running at a business in the 1300 block of Stoneridge Drive. The children in the vehicle were 12, 8 and 2 years old, according to police. The mother of the children was given a stern warning by police about leaving the children unattended in the car while she shopped.

Another similar complaint was taken by police at 2:05 p.m. March 16, when a woman left three small children alone with the engine running while she tanned at a local business.

* Police have taken many calls regarding wildlife during the past week. At 5:02 p.m. March 14, a possible rabid raccoon was spotted in the backyard of a residence in the 200 block of Academy Court. On March 16, two more reports about raccoons were taken. An injured raccoon was reported walking toward Carpenter Road. The caller said the raccoon wasn't walking on all of its paws, was traveling very slowly and might have gone under some vehicles. A sick raccoon also was reported on the side porch of a residence in the 140 block of Serran Drive. The caller said the coon wouldn't leave.

On March 18, police received another report of a sick raccoon lingering in a yard all day in the 220 block of James Road. A day later, at 7:52 a.m. March 19, an injured raccoon was reported in the street on Orchard Hill Court. Police disposed of the raccoon.

An injured deer was reported to police at 7:19 p.m. March 19 in the backyard of a residence in the 200 block of Crossing Creek North. The deer headed toward Cherry Bottom. Police said the deer had an injured leg and was running down the creek. Police couldn't get close enough to it.

A skunk was seen walking around in the backyard of a residence in the 600 block of Crossing Creek at 7:30 p.m. March 14. Police advised the resident to keep his dogs in the house until the skunk returned to the woods.

* A vehicle was spray-painted by an unidentified person March 14 in the 650 block of Fairholme Road.

* An elderly woman called police about a man peeping through her window March 15 in the 100 block of Imperial Drive. When police asked for a description of the man, she said it was too dark to be able to provide details. Police found the man sitting inside his vehicle that was parked by the woman's apartment. No illegal activity had occurred, according to police.

* Someone complained to police at 9:53 a.m. March 16 about a smashed six-pack at Beaverbrook Drive and Lytton Way.

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