Akron’s 2018 homicide count ticked up to 37 early Saturday morning when a 32-year-old man was found shot to death in a parking lot of a South Akron bar.

Police said they received a call about 2:30 a.m. about shots heard outside the Top Shelf in the 1300 block of Grant Street near Archwood Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found the man shot in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were withholding the man’s name until his family was notified of his death. The Summit County medical examiner was to perform an autopsy.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in the shooting.

They ask anyone with information to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2TIP, the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. People can also text TIPSCO with information at 274637(CRIMES).

Anyone leaving information can remain anonymous.

Online Akron police reports show Saturday’s shooting was the second time this year that police had been called to Top Shelf.

In April, officers went to the bar after someone reported there was underage drinking and marijuana smoking there. When officers arrived, two men standing outside near the entrance saw them and quickly went inside and slammed and locked the door, a police report said.

When police made it inside the bar, they found a loaded handgun upstairs on the floor and a small bag of white powder on the steps, the police report said.

No one was arrested at the time because police couldn’t determine who was carrying the gun or powder, both of which were seized. Police later discovered the handgun was reported stolen in Canton in 2016.

Police fielded two other incidents involving Top Shelf this year — an assault and a stolen vehicle involved in a crash — but each was reported to police hours after the people involved left the bar.

With two days left in 2018, Akron has recorded five fewer homicides this year than in 2017.

 

Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @agarrettABJ.