Two people were shot and killed in Stark County during the New Year’s holiday.

In Massillon, a woman has been charged with murder after admitting shooting her husband on New Year’s Eve. In Canton Township, police responded to a call for shots fired and found a wounded man in his mid-40s who later died.

Massillon police received a call about 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve from Colleen McKernan of Oak Trail Northeast. In the call, McKernan, 26, told police she had just shot her husband and she was performing CPR on the injured man, said Massillon Sgt. Brian Muntean.

Police went inside the house and found 29-year-old Robert McKernan dead of multiple gunshot wounds. Muntean said there were no other people in the home at the time of the shooting.

Colleen McKernan was taken into custody without incident and is being held in the Stark County Jail pending her initial court appearance.

Robert McKernan sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and head, Muntean said.

Colleen McKernan made several statements to the police that the shooting was her fault, Muntean said. According to the incident report, she said she shot her husband after he struck her. Colleen McKernan, however, did not appear to be injured, Muntean said.

Alcohol use is a factor in the shooting, he said.

In Canton Township, Stark County Sheriff’s officers responded to a 2 a.m. call of shots being fired Thursday morning in the 3000 block of Eighth Street near Georgetown Street, according to Sgt. Terry Curry. A man in his 40s was wounded and died later at Mercy Medical Center. His name has yet to be released.

Multiple people were in the parking lot of a private business, said Curry. An investigation is ongoing and it is unclear where the altercation started. No suspects have been identified in the shooting death.

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