Shots fired into home of Ohio health official; no injuries

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Shots were fired over the weekend into a home owned by an Ohio health department official, but no one was injured, authorities said.

Police in Upper Arlington, a city on the northwest side of the Columbus metropolitan area, said the shots were reported at about 8 p.m. Saturday. Police said no one was hurt and no suspects were present when officers arrived. They said the investigation continues and asked anyone with information to come forward.

Press Secretary Melanie Amato of the Ohio Department of Health confirmed Sunday that the home is owned by Dr. Mary Kate Francis, the department’s assistant medical director. Amato declined further comment, deferring to the Upper Arlington Police Department.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Francis has mostly remained behind the scenes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the department’s chief medical officer, regularly appears on television during Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 briefings, as did Dr. Amy Acton, former director of the Ohio Department of Health.

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