Woman dies after shooting

A former Columbus woman died two weeks after she was shot three times in a southwest Cincinnati neighborhood.

Brittany Coop, 30, was critically wounded Feb. 11 while she was in her home in the East Price Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati, said her mother, Tracy Coop of Columbus.

Brittany Coop’s former boyfriend has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Coop, who attended Columbus East High School and moved from Bartholomew County last year, died shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday at University Hospital in Cincinnati, according to a Facebook posting by her sister, Elizabeth Axsom.

Just one day before she was shot, Brittany Coop was in Columbus visiting her family, her mother said.

“She was upset, but she would not tell me why,” Tracy Coop said.

During her hospitalization, the victim regained consciousness for brief periods of times after suffering wounds to her abdomen, arm and right lung, her mother said.

“She tried to talk to me a couple of times, but I don’t know what she was trying to tell me,” Tracy Coop said.

The day before Brittany Coop died, a Hamilton County, Ohio, grand jury indicted her former boyfriend, Antonio Colson, 36, for attempted murder, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Now that the victim has died, the case has been turned over to the homicide department, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

Beside attempted murder, Colson also was indicted on two counts of felonious assault and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, the Enquirer reported.

The weapon charge stems from Colson’s conviction for a felony drug-trafficking charge in 2006, according to court documents.

Tracy Coop said she had met Colson during a weeklong visit to Cincinnati and learned he had a temper and occasionally raised his voice to her daughter — but never suspected he might harm her.

A witness who saw the shooting said Colson fled the scene and left his vehicle in a convenience store parking lot several blocks north of Brittany Coop’s residence, police spokesman Capt. Daniel Gerard told the Enquirer.

The suspect is scheduled to appear before a judge in March, the newspaper reported.

Tracy Coop remembers her daughter as someone who seemed passionate about music and clothes.

“She was just a lot of fun,” Tracy Coop said.

In her Facebook posting Wednesday, Elizabeth Axsom described her late sister as “the strongest person with the most beautiful soul.”

Funeral arrangements for Brittany Coop are pending through Myers Reed Chapel, 3724 25th St., Columbus.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.