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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that on average, a teen in Ohio's capital city is a victim of gun violence every day.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that for last year, state records show more than 400 cases of Columbus residents under age 20 being shot, robbed, or threatened with a gun. Columbus police statistics show that half of the offenses were committed by other teens.

Interviews with youths found that guns are part of the fabric of some neighborhoods. In some, nearly everyone knows someone who has been killed by a gun.

Young people across the state are at risk of gun crime, but it's particularly a problem in its biggest cities.

The Dispatch reports that Cleveland has the highest rate at 97 gun incidents for every 10,000 youths.

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