Whitehall police continue to investigate the city's first homicide in 2 1/2 years.

As of Nov. 27, no arrest had been made, but the case is open, said police Sgt. John Grebb.

Police responded to multiple reports of gunfire in the area of East Main Street and Elaine Road at 4:36 p.m. Nov. 21, the afternoon before Thanksgiving. When officers arrived, they found a man who had been shot lying in the parking lot of V-Tech Auto Service, 4257 E. Main St.

Police identified the victim as Mulugeta Gemeraw Shiferaw, 47, of Heather Bridge Lane in Blacklick.

Whitehall medics pronounced Shiferaw dead at the scene, Grebb said.

Shiferaw was believed to have been employed at the shop, Deputy Chief Tracy Sharpless said.

Witnesses described a man running from the scene but gave varying descriptions of his clothing, Grebb said.

The suspect might have fled in a silver car, possibly a Toyota Corolla, Grebb said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Whitehall Division of Police at 614-237-6333.

The slaying is the first in Whitehall since April 2016.

That homicide was the second and last of 2016 and followed an aberrant 2015, in which nine slayings were recorded in the city.

Police made arrests in both homicides in 2016 and in each homicide case in 2015, except for an instance in which the suspect committed suicide.

Last week's killing ended a period of more than 2 1/2 years without a homicide in the city.

Police would not comment on the end of the streak, but Mayor Kim Maggard said she believes the homicide is not an indication of a future trend.

Maggard said the city is saddened and extends its sympathy on the death of Shiferaw, adding she thought the homicide stemmed from "a personal conflict rather than a random act of violence."

kcorvo@thisweeknews.com

@ThisWeekCorvo