Rahsaan Price loved images, whether it be in video or photographs. It was, along with his four children, his life’s work.
Late Monday, the Akron father and entrepreneur was inside a west side nightclub — headphones on while he edited a video — when police say an irate patron and business rival opened fire.
Price, 38, was struck once in the side of the neck, according to an autopsy performed Tuesday. He died next to his laptop. Two bar patrons were wounded.
A 25-year-old woman was shot in the buttocks and a 28-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.
Late Tuesday morning, an arrest warrant was issued for Dontay Antonio Taylor, 22. He is accused of murder and felonious assault.
Akron police and the U.S. Marshals Office Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force are asking for tips to Taylor’s whereabouts.
Police were called to the Embassy Lounge at 11:25 p.m. after multiple gunshots were fired through the glass windows of the Romig Road club. Police say Taylor and others were denied entry to the club. Multiple shots were then fired from outside.
Price’s mother, Deborah Price, said her son was a music video producer and director. He owned Just Us Multimedia and Price Productions. Price, who attended Firestone in the early 1990s and was a standout football player, arranged music videos and photography for many, including local music groups.
His half brother, she said, was an owner of the bar. She said a business dispute may have fueled the shooting.
She said Price was at the bar working on a video when a group of “rug rats” tried to enter. Deborah Price said the men were tossed out, but then got guns from their car and fired several shots through the bar’s windows.
A man and woman injured in the shooting were being treated for gunshot wounds.
She said her son had his back turned at the bar when the shooting started. He likely heard nothing.
“He didn’t even know what hit him,” she said.
Deborah Price had a sleepless night after learning of her son’s death. She said there have been too many shootings and too many killings in Akron. Her son was the city’s 15th homicide victim of the year and 21st in the past eight months.
“When you raise a child, you don’t expect to outlive your child,” she said. “He was a beautiful child. He would help everybody he could help. My son never hurt anybody.
“There’s too much dying in our community. … It’s just time to stop it. … We need to come together.”
LaTeash Price, who married Price about 10 years ago, broke the news to their children early Tuesday. Price has four children ranging in age from 6 to 17.
“Rahsaan, first was a father,” she said. “He loved his kids. If he could have given them the world, he would have. … He was only 38. He had his whole life ahead of him.”
Police and the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating.
Akron police say they have been called to the address 23 times this year. Twelve calls involved assaults. The remaining were for minor offenses.
Outside the club Tuesday afternoon, sitting at a table next to the multiple gunshot holes in the Embassy Lounge windows, three of Price’s friends gathered. They remarked how Price was a family man, just doing the work that he loved, when he was blindsided by the gunfire.
“He was a humble guy, just a good guy,” said Jason Pitts. “I’m sure he got right with the Lord. He was a humble guy like that. He was at peace. He wasn’t out here in mischief. He was working, at his computer. He [always] does his work before the crowd comes and then he’s gone. It’s just unreal.”
Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.