Basketball courts at Davenport Park in Akron closed after shots are fired during fight

Posted at 9:08 AM, May 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 09:09:57-04

The basketball courts at Davenport Park have been shut down after gunshots were fired near a little league baseball game earlier this week. 

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Police say shortly before the incident, two fights broke out near the park's basketball court. 

Now, the gates for that court are closed and the hoops have been taken down. 

But community members who use the park say it's only a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

"Over the last five years, we've been asking the city to help us out with this situation," said Ellet Baseball Association President Brad Isenhrt.

He said the events of Tuesday evening were the last straw.

A video posted to Facebook of the incident shows what appears to be a fight between two young boys near the basketball court. 

In the background, shots are fired.

Nearby, children were practicing on the baseball fields behind the court.

The mayor's office said they received an influx of calls and messages after the shooting.

Press Secretary Ellen Nischt said that's part of the reason the mayor decided to close the court. 

"The idea is every child in Accra deserves a safe place to go in to play," she said.

Nischt says the decision is temporary and the city will be looking for a permanent solution.