Ohio state student, 23, and former high school football star is shot dead after a fight outside a frat house as 18-year-old out on bond for burglary is arrested
- Chase Meola, 23, was fatally shot outside a fraternity house early Sunday
- Police said Kinte Mitchell Jr, 18, was positively identified as the shooter
- Authorities said the shooting occurred during a fight after a some people were asked to leave a house party
- Mitchell wasn’t a student at the university so it’s unclear why he was at the party
- Mitchell was indicted on burglary charges in February and out on bond
An Ohio State University student was shot dead outside a fraternity house early Sunday night following a fight.
Chase Meola, 23, of Mahwah, New Jersey, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound in the parking area next to the university’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house in Columbus, Ohio at about 2am.
Police said that Kinte Mitchell Jr, 18, of Columbus, was found several blocks away from the shooting scene and that he was positively identified as the shooter and has now been charged with Meola’s murder, according to court documents reviewed by the Columbus Dispatch.
Ohio State University student Chase Meola, 23 (pictured), was fatally shot outside a frat house early Sunday. The shooting occurred after a fight broke out in the street
Authorities said the shooting occurred after some people were asked to leave a nearby house party. Once on the street, an argument broke out and then the shooting occurred.
Police did not reveal how many people were at the party, stating only that there was a ‘huge presence of people’ there.
In 2018, the university suspended the Phi Kappa Psi chapter for hazing and endangering behavior. Its suspension isn’t due to be lifted until August 2022.
Police arrested Kinte Mitchell Jr, 18, several blocks from the shooting site. He was positively identified him as the shooter
People said that there were no signs of people inside the fraternity house by the time police arrived early Sunday morning.
Phi Kappa Psi’s Executive Director Ronald K. Ransom II told the Columbus Dispatch that Meola was ‘not a member of our organization’ and that chapter’s frat house was currently being used as boarding houses.
It’s unclear if anyone had been inside the frat house on Saturday night, going into Sunday, though.
Alleged shooter Mitchell is not enrolled at Ohio State University. Police are still trying to determine why he was at the party the night of the shooting.
At the time of Mitchell’s arrest, he was actually out on bond from a previous arrest related to a February arrest connected with a home burglary.
During the February incident, ABC 6 said that a handcuffed Mitchell ran from police when he was being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail. He was caught less than a minute later at a nearby park and taken to jail.
Authorities said the shooting occurred after some people were asked to leave a house party and then a fight broke out on the street outside the fraternity house
Meola (pictured) was a high school football star in his native Mahwah, New Jersey. He was a fifth year senior at Ohio State University’s business school
Court records indicated that Mitchell (pictured) was arrested and indicated on burglary charges in February. He was out on bond when Meola’s shooting occurred
He was then indicted on burglary and escape charges, which he has pleaded not guilty to.
The news station said court records indicated Mitchell was out on bond when Meola’s shooting occurred and was due to be sentenced on the February charges later in October.
No other arrests or charges have been made in Meola’s shooting case and no injuries were reported during the incident.
Meola was a fifth-year senior at the university’s Fisher School of Business and aspired to be a Wall Street financial analyst, NJ.com reported.
In high school, he had been a running back, safety and free safety on two state championship football teams. He was also a lacrosse player.
‘The Ohio State University community is in mourning, and our deepest condolences and support go to the family and friends of Chase,’ the university said in a statement.
Ransom said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the young man who died as a result of the incident.’
Police are still investigating the shooting and asking that any witnesses or people that might have video and photos from the party call the Columbus police homicide unit at (614)-645-4730 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at (614)-461-TIPS.