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Akron police make several gun crime arrests, investigating several weekend shootings

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 16:37:53-04

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Police Department made several arrests for gun crimes over the weekend and are working to make more following two shootings.

Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Friday afternoon in Firestone Park. Officers were called to the 1200 block of Virginia Avenue after receiving reports of shots fired. Once on scene, officers found that an apartment complex had been struck by gunfire. Witnesses told officers they had seen someone in a dark-colored car fleeing the scene after the shooting, police said.

No one was injured in the shooting, which remains under investigation, according to police.

Around 6:20 p.m. Friday, officers stopped a 26-year-old man walking on Copley Road near Noah Avenue in West Akron for “suspicious activity” and found he was in possession of a loaded 9mm handgun, which was in his pocket. Officers charged the man with carrying a concealed weapon and released him with a summons to appear in court at a later date, police said.

Around two hours later, officers stopped a vehicle on Cuyahoga Falls Avenue and Berwin Street after it caused numerous accidents. Officers found that the 18-year-old driver had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The driver said that a car with two men inside had pulled up next to him and started shooting. He was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

On Saturday, officers stopped a 20-year-old man driving a Ford Fusion in Goodyear Heights around 3:30 p.m. for an equipment violation and police said he was found to not have a valid drivers license, which at some point prompted officers to search him. A loaded handgun was found in his pocket. The man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and weapons under disability, according to police.

Later Saturday evening near the University of Akron campus, police were called to the 400 block of East Exchange Street for reports of shots fired.

Once on scene, witnesses told officers a 24-year-old man wearing a tactical vest had been firing a gun. Officers found the man and charged him with aggravated menacing, discharging firearms, carrying a concealed weapon, inducing panic and criminal tools. Another 24-year-old man who was involved was found nearby and charged with tampering with evidence after officers determined he attempted to hide and discard the gun, police said.

Early Sunday morning, officers were called to Clutch Gentleman's Club on South Arlington Street for reports of shots fired both inside and outside of the club.

Police said there were no shooting victims found on scene but a 38-year-old woman was transported to a nearby hospital after she was injured by shattered glass when a bullet struck the vehicle she was in while leaving the parking lot. A bullet also struck an apartment across the street where a 44-year-old man was inside but not injured, according to police.

No arrests have been made in that incident.

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