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Suspect in custody after man, woman found dead outside South Franklinton community shelter

Police said 35-year-old Christopher Smith was arrested late Friday night.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A 35-year-old man is in custody following a fatal double shooting outside of a community center in the South Franklinton neighborhood Thursday night, according to the Columbus Division of Police.

Officers said Christopher Smith is suspected of shooting and killing 40-year-old Rodney Reavish and 36-year-old Amanda Perkins in the parking lot of the Van Buren Shelter off Van Buren Drive just before 11 p.m. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Franklin Township medics.

In an update Friday morning, police said the shooting may have stemmed from an earlier confrontation.

Smith was taken into custody late Friday night after detectives said they learned his identity by reviewing video from the scene and talking to community members.

Smith is charged with two counts of murder and is scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin County Municipal Court Monday at 9 a.m.

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