One man was killed and a second man was wounded when gunfire erupted Thursday afternoon behind a convenience store at Lovers Lane and South Arlington Street in Akron.
The wounded man was taken to an undisclosed hospital for treatment. An autopsy on the deceased man was expected to be performed today at the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. The identities of the victims were being withheld pending notification of family.
As a large crowd gathered and some schoolchildren were walking home, police blocked off Lovers Lane at South Arlington Street where the shooting occurred.
Police said the shooting appears to have taken place during a fight involving several young males gathered behind the Lovers Lane Market shortly before 4 p.m. police Capt. Sylvia Trundle said detectives were interviewing witnesses and canvassing the neighborhood in an effort to identify a suspect.
Officers called to the store found the dead man lying in a rear parking lot of the store. Crime-scene investigators used small yellow placards to denote shell casings found in the lot.
The wounded man was found at a business a block away in the 700 block of South Arlington. He was taken by paramedics for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.
No one among the neighborhood crowd gathered at the scene following the shooting could recall hearing gunfire.
Trundle said witnesses discovered the dead man after a group of males ran from the parking lot. It appears a fight among the men preceded the shooting.
“One witness is describing a fight in the back of the market,” Trundle said at the scene Thursday. “Someone [nearby] apparently sounded their horn to try and distract them and stop what was going on.
“At that point, several individuals ran from the scene. Our witness at the time didn’t even realize that someone had been shot.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips can be left at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.
Information also can be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677). Tipsters may qualify for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest of the suspect.
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