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Man shot and killed at Akron skate park near Derby Downs early Monday morning, police say

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Dec 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-12 18:28:00-05

AKRON, Ohio — A 19-year-old man was shot and killed at a skate park on Derby Downs Drive in Akron early Monday morning, according to Akron Police.

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Akron Skate Park on Derby Downs Drive.

Around 1 a.m., the man was at the Akron Skate Park at 990 Derby Downs Dr. in Akron when he was shot multiple times by an unknown suspect, police said. The victim was taken by private vehicle to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Detectives determined the teen was with a group of people when the shooting started at the park owned by the city.

"There were greater than six people out there and every one of them have a conscience. They potentially have some information that could help us and we have a family now torn apart," said Lt. Michael Miller. "We just don't why and we don't know who and that's very important work that we're committed to trying to answer."

The park sits in the shadow of the famous Akron hill where thousands of kids race Soap Box Derby cars every summer. Lt. Miller called the shooting a tragedy near a treasured landmark.

"It's always been a very cherished ground, hallowed ground if, if you will. But in terms of the stain, these growing number of gun violence incidents are what leave a stain," he said.

There have been 42 murders in Akron in 2022, the same amount the city experienced last year.

An autopsy on the 19-year-old man was performed on Monday. The release of the victim's name is pending family notification.

Anyone with information is asked to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS or text TIPSCO wit your to tips to 274637.

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