Police detectives are investigating the apparent shooting death Tuesday afternoon of a man whose body was found in the driveway of a North Akron home.
The man, whose identity has not been released, appears to have been shot multiple times, police said.
No suspects have been identified.
The man's body was found on the pavement near a trash bin and a garage at the rear of the driveway behind a house at 56 E. Tallmadge Ave.
Witnesses reported seeing several people, at least one of whom was carrying a small child, screaming and fleeing the area about 2 p.m., immediately after the shooting.
One woman said a man she believed was involved in the shooting sought refuge in her home on Schiller Avenue shortly after she heard the gunshots.
''He was like, 'Hey somebody's shooting at me, can I come up this way?' '' Jessica Duron said.
She declined, and the man fled on foot.
As police and reporters gathered, Duron was standing outside the shooting scene with a crowd of onlookers in a steady, cold rain. She said she was waiting for her child to be excused from Findley elementary school about a block away.
Duron said she recalls hearing six to eight gunshots. The man she talked to was tall and dressed all in black, she said.
''We saw him run around the house, but he said he had a couple friends with him. He said he didn't know who they were shooting at,'' Duron said.
Les Johnson, who lives two doors away from the shooting site, believes he heard six shots. He said his son saw a heavy-set man running west toward Schiller Avenue and another running straight down Tallmadge Avenue.
''I heard, 'boom, boom,' '' Johnson said. ''I heard the first three shots when I was in the house, then when I opened the door, the next three.
''When I came out, I heard screaming going toward the back [of a nearby house].''
A red car with several people inside exited the driveway of the house where the body was found, Johnson said.
The house is listed for rent, but Johnson said transients often break inside and call the house their home.
Police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said detectives were still trying to positively identify the victim and notify his family late Tuesday afternoon. He could not speculate on a possible motive.
Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or email@example.com.