Four homes hit with bullets during gunfire in Akron over the weekend

Posted at 4:48 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 09:44:27-05

Several homes on an Akron block were struck with bullets after a gunfight broke out in the middle of the night over the weekend.

More than a dozen shots were fired, sending bullets flying into four homes on Inman Street and Clifford Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Akron police said 15 shell casings were recovered from a .9mm handgun and a .45 caliber handgun. 

Remarkably, no one was hurt, but a sense of security was stolen from several homeowners.

"It just flew though the air into the wall," said resident Sandy McElwain. 

A bullet pierced McElwain's window, ripped through the curtain and lodged into a kitchen wall right next to a framed picture that reads: "The Lord is my Shepherd."

Luckily, when the bullet invaded, McElwain was at her sister's house, not on her couch where she often watches TV.

"I could have been sitting in there. McElwain said. "I could have been sitting right in there and they could have shot me or my dog."

Next door, there are four more bullet holes at the home of Joe Speegle and his son, John — one through a door, another by a bedroom, two more in the siding near the kitchen.

The gunfire startled them out of sleep.

"I heard the gunshots and maybe six or seven of the shots, the sixth or seventh shot, I heard hit the side of the house and it freaked me out pretty good," said John. 

Police believe two groups of people fired shots at each other, either from cars or while running around the neighborhood.

Homeowners were surprised no one was hurt.

"That could have went through the wall and hit a kid in the head," said Joe. "Then what? Now you got murder."

"Obviously, they have no respect for anybody," added John.

Police have no leads and no suspects. 

"It makes you think every night laying back down to bed, 'Is it going to happen again?'" John said.

Summit County Crimestoppers is offering a reward up to $2,000 for information that solves the case.

Tipsters can remain anonymous when calling 330-434-COPS.