A man was fatally shot Sunday night near Firestone high school in Northwest Akron following a fight between two people that escalated into more, police said.

A 17-year-old boy, who also was shot, was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries, authorities said.

Javonte Mills, 20, of Akron, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office reported Monday afternoon. The death was ruled a homicide.

The name of the teenage victim was not released.

The shooting occurred at North Hawkins and Berendo avenues a block away from the high school.

Witnesses told police the fight escalated as "other combatants" became involved, and shots were then fired into the crowd by unknown gunmen.

Akron Capt. David Laughlin said Monday morning it was not known if the man who was fatally shot and the 17-year-old were involved in the fighting.

Laughlin said he did not have immediate information about the size of the crowd.

Officers responded to the scene after police dispatchers received calls around 9 p.m. about shots being fired in the neighborhood.

Initial calls did not indicate that anyone had been shot. Later calls referenced a person being shot.

Callers described a chaotic scene with people running, Laughlin said.

A resident of Berendo, who lives several houses east of the corner where the shooting happened, said Monday that she was in her family room Sunday night, in the back of her home, when she heard what sounded like firecrackers.

She went to a front window to look out, and she saw two cars on Berendo facing opposite directions. She then heard more popping sounds, realized shots were being fired and she walked away from the window.

The woman said she is troubled in particular that the shooting took place near a school.

"It's just concerning that they brought this incident so close [to a school], and close to when school is starting," she said.

Another resident of Berendo said she was not home at the time of the shooting. "Thank goodness. ... I'm uncomfortable here now" in the neighborhood, said the woman, who lives near the corner.

Late Monday morning, the neighborhood of single-family homes was quiet and there was nothing at the corner of North Hawkins and Berendo that indicated a shooting had taken place there hours before.

As of late Monday, there have been 21 homicides so far this year in Akron, according to Akron police. In 2018, there were 18 during the same year-to-date period and 33 for the full year. In 2017, there were 25 homicides during the same period and 40 for the full year. In 2016, there were 21 during the period and 29 for the full year.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490; or 330-375-2Tip, or Summit County Crimestoppers Inc. at 330-434-COPS. People can also text TIPSCO with tip to 274637 (Crimes). Callers can remain anonymous.

 

Contact Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or kbyard@thebeaconjournal.com.