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20-year-old male found shot to death inside crashed car in Akron, medical examiner says

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Posted at 8:11 AM, Jul 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-26 11:26:16-04

AKRON, Ohio — A 20-year-old man was found shot to death inside his vehicle after it crashed into a tree in Akron Sunday, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officers responded Sunday at approximately 6:35 p.m. to the 2300 block of 11th Street SW for a shooting.

Officers found a vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The victim, a 20-year-old male later identified by the medical examiner as Gage Zirke, of Akron, was found in the driver’s seat with a gunshot wound.

Zirke was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7 p.m. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, the medical examiner said.

Police said preliminary information indicated that an unknown person fired multiple shots at the victim's car as he traveled down the street.

Several bullet holes were found in the driver's side of the vehicle, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip.

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