This story was updated Tuesday, Feb. 13 with additional information from the Licking County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into the Feb. 5 drive-by shooting in Granville Township has gone cold, the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) said Monday, Feb. 12.
A week after the incident occurred along the 1800 block of Lancaster Road, the sheriff’s office has not identified a suspect or a motive for the incident.
The shooting occurred at about 1:10 a.m. when a suspect shot into the residence on Lancaster Road between Martinizing Cleaners and the Marathon gas station along Rt. 16, nearly striking the residents, according to a news release posted on Thursday, Feb. 8.
“Without having a suspect, there’s no way to say if these individuals were targeted,” LCSO Det. Justin Woodyard told The Reporting Project. “At this time, it is unclear why that particular house was shot at. We have no information as far as suspects or suspect vehicle or anything like that.”
Though the shooting occurred around 1 a.m., it was not reported to the sheriff’s office until around 5 p.m. that day.
Woodyard said that’s atypical and attributed the delay in reporting in part to a language barrier.
“The [residents] are Hispanic, and I don’t believe they speak any English,” he explained. “I don’t think that they thought about calling 911. They had reached out to some acquaintances later on in the day who then told them they need to contact the sheriff’s office and get it reported.”
Detectives from the sheriff’s office conducted interviews with the residents and have requested additional information from nearby businesses, according to the release.
Woodyard said the investigation has come to a standstill after detectives canvassed the area for surveillance video and interviewed residents.
As of Tuesday, Feb. 13, no arrests had been made.
This is a developing story and will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.