Posted on June 17, 2013

Juneteenth Shooting in Ohio Injures 11-Year-Old Boy

Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 2013

Columbus police are seeking any video that may have been taken of a shooting at a weekend Juneteenth Festival that injured an 11-year-old boy.


The shooting happened at a park just outside downtown Columbus at the Juneteenth Festival. The boy was hit in the leg by a stray gunshot and hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. A 15-year-old boy was arrested.

The shooting ended the annual festival, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S.

“June 19th, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread before this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on June 19th, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,” according to the Ohio Juneteenth Festival website.


Police say four other young people had been involved in fighting in Columbus and were arrested before the shooting.