An Akron man was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with firing a gun in the presence of police and running into nearby woods to evade capture.
Malik Shabazz Baldwin, 25, of Fairbanks Place, faces charges of having weapons while barred from a court, tampering with evidence and obstructing police business. He also had a warrant out for his arrest for a charge of robbery.
Police arrested Baldwin after they heard shots fired near Georgie’s Pub, 1306 Brittain Road, at about 2:15 a.m. They reported spotting him firing the gun as they arrived. A police dog was released to apprehend him.
Four other people were charged following the incident after allegedly refusing to open the door to Georgie’s Pub after police found blood leading to the entrance. The four of them — age 22, 33, 36 and 37 — were charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing a police search. Police gained entry by breaking in a window.
Guns were recovered in the woods and in the pub.
Later that night, two men arrived at Summa Akron City Hospital with gunshot wounds. Neither man, age 19 and 24, suffered life-threatening injuries.
Police are investigating whether the events are connected.