| The Columbus Dispatch
Columbus police say a man found slumped over the steering wheel of a crashed car Saturday on the city’s South Side who was initially believed to have suffered a medical emergency had actually been shot.
Mohammad Shalash, 59, of Hilliard, was found around 7:20 a.m. Saturday inside a car on the 200 block of Southard Drive. He was slumped over the wheel of the car, which had crashed into a utility pole.
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Medics who responded initially believed Shalash had suffered a medical emergency, but quickly discovered after beginning to treat him that he had been shot in the chest.
Shalash was rushed in critical, life-threatening condition to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he died at 8:41 a.m. Saturday. An autopsy was conducted Sunday by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office and his death was ruled a homicide.
Shalash’s death is the 150th homicide committed in the city in 2020. Homicide investigators have not released any information about any possible suspect(s) or other details about the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police homicide detectives at 614-645-4730 or provide information anonymously to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.