By Doug Livingston
and Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writers
GREEN: One more game of cards at her mother’s apartment and Autumn Karnuth, a 19-year-old mother-to-be, would have been in the line of fire when gunmen shot up her apartment complex, shattering windows and sending bullets into bedrooms.
“If I’d have stayed at my mom’s house for two more minutes,” said Karnuth, who is 37 weeks pregnant.
Karnuth and her boyfriend, David Savage, had just walked into her apartment at the Briarwood Estates on Mayfair Road just before 11:45 p.m. Monday when the bullets started flying.
They heard between 25 and 30 gunshots hit nearby cars and apartments — many home to young children.
Misty Buckbee, who lives above Karnuth, said she threw blankets over her 17-month-old son, Kayden, and ran to the window in time to see a wounded man scurry into an apartment.
The man suffered a nonlife-threatening gunshot, said Summit County sheriff spokesman Bill Holland.
No one else was believed to be injured.
Savage and others who peeked out a window said the gunmen hopped into a gray or silver car — later identified by police as a Hyundai with front-end, driver’s side damage. The car jumped a curb and was last seen driving south on Mayfair Road.
Police responded quickly and remained on the scene until 7 a.m. searching for clues in the subsidized apartment complex.
“There are so many children in these apartment complexes,” Karnuth said, standing inside her apartment as neighbors surveyed the damages to vehicles and windows.
Her mother, Suzanne Karnuth, worries about her daughter.
“I’m afraid to have her here by herself. Who wouldn’t be?” Suzanne Karnuth said. “She could have been caught in the crossfire of a stray bullet. It’s something when your security is swept out from beneath your feet.”
In one apartment, a bullet entered the bedroom where two young girls slept. The bullet then passed through two more walls before entering a microwave oven in the kitchen.
One round hit the headboard of a bed where a 12-year-old boy was sleeping, said police. The bullets were fired from an automatic rifle and a .40-caliber handgun.
“This stuff needs to stop. There’s kids here,” Savage said.
Some in the complex blame drugs for recent problems.
“It’s not going to be stopped, because its a drug problem,” said Buckbee, who moved from the Kenmore neighborhood to Green “thinking that it would be better.”
Buckbee said she didn’t know what heroin was until she moved into the apartment complex nearly two years ago.
“Where you have low-income housing, you’re going to have drugs and problems,” Buckbee said.
She and neighbors said police patrols are effective in chasing off the suspicious activity.
Only one person was arrested after the shooting. Lexus Wilson, 21, of Akron, was charged with obstructing justice.
She is accused of providing false information to investigators and was uncooperative, Holland said. He declined to elaborate.
Anyone with information should contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 330-643-2131.