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Gang member faces 20-plus years in prison for shooting of North Hill woman

By Ed Meyer
Beacon Journal staff writer

An Akron gang member pleaded guilty Friday to felonious assault, firearms offenses, participating in a criminal gang and other crimes in connection with the January shooting of a woman after she flashed her car headlights as she was passing him on a city street, authorities said.

William B. Dawson, whom prosecutors say was the leader of the FOG gang in the North Hill area of Akron, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21 by Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien.

Dawson, 22, of Cuyahoga Street, faces 20½ years in prison, prosecutors said.

On the night of Jan. 24, a 59-year-old woman who is a popular beautician in North Hill, told police she was driving on Elma Street and was shot after she flashed her car headlights to alert two men who were standing in the road.

Dawson responded by firing a gun several times. One shot grazed the woman’s right shoulder, one hit her left shoulder and one hit the windshield.

The bullet lodged in the left shoulder still remains, prosecutors said, because it is too close to a major artery to remove.

Prosecutors said that on March 6, before police were able to identify Dawson as the shooter, he pulled a gun on a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and threatened to shoot him for walking in “his alley.” Police recovered the gun used in that incident, tested it and identified it as the gun used in the woman’s shooting.

Dawson also pleaded guilty to a firearm specification, carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated menacing and misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Prosecutors said the North Hill gang also was responsible for the July 2012 shooting death of Karma Tamang, a Bhutanese immigrant who settled in the North Hill area with his family.

Gang member Corey Hardison, 23, is serving a life sentence for the Tamang murder.

Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or at


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