The East Akron house where Joel Wells was shot to death was hit by gunfire early Sunday morning.

Akron police responded to the 400 block of Weeks Street shortly after 4 a.m. and found the house and a blue 2009 Saturn parked in the garage had been hit by bullets.

No injuries were reported. Officers also learned that a nearby house in the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue was struck by a bullet.

Police said the suspect vehicle was described as a white four-door vehicle.

Akron police spokesman Lt. Rick Edwards said Monday there "has to be some kind of connection" between the house being shot at Sunday and the fatal shooting of Wells, 31, Thursday morning.

"Whether it be retaliatory or what, I think it's safe to say there is some connection," Edwards said.

Wells, the brother of former NFL and Ohio State University running back Beanie Wells, was found in a driveway Thursday in the area of Seventh and Weeks with a gunshot wound to the head. The Green resident was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beanie Wells said last week he is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. CrimeStoppers Inc. is offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment. Additionally, anonymous donors associated with Ohio State are offering a $10,000 reward, Beanie Wells told a Cleveland TV station.

Edwards said Monday that no suspects have been identified. He also said that police had not identified the owner of a newer black Jeep with tinted windows and a temporary license tag seen leaving the scene of the fatal shooting. 

After Wells was found dead last week, Akron Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples decried the continued gun violence in Akron and urged anyone with information to come forward.

“If everyone sits silent, this [gun violence] is going to continue,” she said.

Mosley-Samples represents Ward 5, where the shootings occurred.

The Sunday morning shooting of the house on Weeks Street was part of another violent weekend in Akron.

Police responded to a shooting at the intersection of Curtis Street and Stanton Avenue in South Akron after 1 a.m. Saturday and found a 36-year-old Akron man bleeding from the head.

The victim said he went to the location to buy marijuana and as he pulled up his car, he heard a knock on the window, police said. The victim said he was attacked and thought he heard a single gunshot.

Police said it was unclear whether he was grazed by a bullet or was assaulted. The victim was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

No description of the suspect was given to officers.

Meanwhile, officers were called to the area of Owen Avenue and West Crosier Street in the city's Summit Lake neighborhood at 3 a.m. Saturday for a shooting and found a 20-year-old man and 18-year-old woman inside a silver 2011 Jeep with gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital and the woman was transported to Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Both had nonlife-threatening injuries.

The victims told police that they were in the 400 block of East Exchange Street downtown when a fight broke out and shots were fired. They drove to the area of Owen and West Crosier, with the suspect or suspects following them and firing several shots at their car, police said.

The suspect or suspects abandoned a silver 2017 Chevy Impala and fled the scene on foot. The vehicle was towed, police said.

No description of the shooter was available.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Akron police detectives at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip, or the Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. People also can text TIPSCO with tips to 274637 (Crimes). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

 

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.