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Akron police investigating after 11-year-old girl shot while riding in car with father

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 21:58:00-05

AKRON, Ohio — Akron detectives are investigating a shooting that left a young girl injured in East Akron Friday evening.

Around 5 p.m., officers were called to the area of McKinley Avenue and Hudson Avenue for reports of shots fired. While responding, another call was received from a man who was in the front passenger seat of a vehicle. His 11-year-old daughter was riding in the backseat and a woman was driving, police said.

The man reported that someone had been following them and began shooting at the car.

"Someone shot my daughter," he told a 911 opearator.

"This could have been another tragic incident where we've lost a young person. Fortunately, we didn't," said Lt. Michael Miller.

Family members told News 5 that bullets struck the girl in her arm and shoulder.

She was driven to an Akron Fire Station located on Brown Street looking for help.

EMS was able to provide initial medical treatment before transporting the girl to Akron Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

The girl is now recovering at home. Police don't have any suspects.

"To my knowledge, there was no prior incident, no road rage or anything or any incident like that. They haven't reported having any problems with anyone leading up to that in particular," Millers said.

There have been 41 murders in Akron in 2020. Seven of those victims were 18-years-old or younger and all but one of them died from gunfire.

The shooting on McKinley Avenue remains under investigation.

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