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Families face mixed emotions following north Columbus hostage situation

Ebonie Patrick said a CPD officer shot 18-year-old suspect Julius Core right outside her home at the Trinity Square Apartments just off East Dublin-Granville Road. (WSYX/WTTE)

Families in northeast Columbus were dealing with mixed emotions following a chaotic series of events that involved a bank robbery, police-involved shooting, and hostage situation.

Ebonie Patrick said a CPD officer shot 18-year-old suspect Julius Core right outside her home at the Trinity Square Apartments just off East Dublin-Granville Road.

She said her young children heard the gunshots not knowing police fired them, and alerted her. The suspect was shot in his stomach.

“They’ve see the boy before; so, they knew who he was,” Patrick said. “They saw him on TV last night. They were scared to go to sleep. I had to reassure them the police did their job.”

Employees returned to work Wednesday at a nearby Taco Bell, where police say Core took workers hostage yesterday.

A manager declined to discuss how the staff was coping.

Police said the ordeal began when Core robbed a PNC bank and fled to the apartment complex, where he lived.

Core remained in stable condition at OSU Wexner Medical Center, according to a CPD spokesperson.

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