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Young Victims Recovering After Shooting Outside S. Columbus Party
COLUMBUS (Lisa Rantala/Ken Hines) -- A young man and his teenage cousin are recovering at home after being shot following a party at a South Side home.
Jovan Gayels, 22, and Tatyanna Finch, 13, were wounded on Saturday when Thomas Woodruff fired into a crowd of approximately 50 people immediately after a party at a S. Champion Ave. home, according to investigators.
The victims' aunt, Tammy Stantsford, threw the party in honor of her teenage sons' recent academic success.
Dozens of teens, ranging in age from 13 to 17, attended the party, which began at 9 p.m., and were patted down before entry, according to Stantsford.
Approximately an hour after the party began, Stantsford said the crowd became rowdy, with some attendees shouting names of rival gangs.
Stanford claims she then kicked everyone out of her house, at which time six gunshots were fired outside.
Gayles was hit in the leg by the gunfire, while Finch was struck in the lower back, just two inches away from her spine.
Police soon arrested Woodruff, 19, in connection with the shootings. He appeared in court Monday morning.
The victims are doing well, according to Stantsford, who said she plans to move out of her neighborhood to avoid future episodes of gang violence.