Whitehall police arrested a 16-year-old Columbus boy last month on two counts of felonious assault, as well as carrying a concealed weapon, discharging a firearm in a habitation and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, according to reports.
An officer investigating an unrelated case reported he heard gunfire at 10:55 a.m. Feb. 15 from the 4000 block of East Mound Street.
Police then received information of a vehicle fleeing the scene, and officers used an unmarked police car to follow the suspect's vehicle until marked cars stopped it in the 4100 block of Groves Street in Columbus.
A female driving the vehicle identified the 16-year-old male passenger in the car as her boyfriend, told police he had a gun and that he had fired a shot toward a residence in the area of East Mound Street and Beechwood Road, reports said.
The female, whose age was not listed in police reports, told officers she and her boyfriend went to a Whitehall restaurant and were returning to her residence in Columbus "on back roads" when they saw a person they recognized from an altercation at the residence several weeks ago, according to reports.
The female told police the boy displayed a gun and the person turned and ran into a Mound Street residence, after which the boy fired a shot at the home.
The female told police she followed the boy's driving directions and that they discussed "dumping the car at a corner store."
During the pursuit, police reported the boy briefly leaned out the vehicle's window.
The female told police she warned the boy not to shoot because "if it's a cop, you'll go to prison."
The female was released pending a future indictment, according to reports.
After stopping the car, police reported the boy had an empty holster in his pocket.
Inside the vehicle was a loaded pistol, found on a child's seat in the back of the car, reports said.
One spent .40-caliber shell casing was found in the vehicle, and another was discovered at the Mound Street scene, police said.
Officers interviewed two people at the Mound Street residence, who reported hearing a single shot and said a bullet came through a window.
The bullet lodged in a garage wall, police said.
The boy told police he bought the gun from an unknown person for $200 "for protection" and added he is a member of a gang.
He told police he fired the gun only twice: once to test it, and again because he feared what he said might have been an armed man at the Mound Street residence, according to reports.
In other recent Whitehall police reports:
* Burglaries were reported at 6:50 a.m. Feb. 17 in the 400 block of North Hamilton Road; at 8:10 a.m. Feb. 17 in the 4600 block of Kae Avenue; at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 4200 block of East Broad Street; and at 5:35 a.m. Feb. 20 in the 1000 block of South Hamilton Road.
* Thefts were reported at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 in the 4000 block of East Main Street; at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 16 in the 4100 block of East Main Street; at 3:20 p.m. Feb. 16 in the 4400 block of Josephus Lane; at 1:20 a.m. Feb. 17 in the 500 block of Westphal Avenue; at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 4600 block of East Main Street; at 9 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1000 block of Pierce Avenue; at 6:40 a.m. Feb. 20 in the first block of Pinewood Drive; at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 4700 block of East Broad Street; at 2:40 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 4000 block of Virginia Circle East; at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 400 block of Robinwood Avenue; and at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 4600 block of Saint Francis Lane.
* Vehicles were reported stolen at 7:25 a.m. Feb. 15 from the first block of Parklawn Boulevard; at 12:45 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 100 block of North Yearling Road; at 5:55 p.m. Feb. 17 in the 700 block of South Yearling Road; at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 400 block of South Hamilton Road; and at 8:20 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 600 block of Westphal Avenue.
* Property destruction was reported at 8:55 a.m. Feb. 15 in the 200 block of Parklawn Boulevard; at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 in the 4000 block of Rickenbacker Avenue; and at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the 600 block of Collingwood Avenue.