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Twin 1-year-old brothers shot while asleep in Canton, one dead; among 3 fatal shootings in 24 hours

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Posted at 7:21 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 20:06:09-04

CANTON, Ohio — The Canton Police Department is investigating three separate homicides that happened in 24 hours, including the death of a 1-year-old twin boy who was shot and killed while sleeping.

  • The first homicide happened on Tuesday at around 8:25 p.m. in the 1400 block of Louisiana Court Northwest. A 31-year-old man, identified as Ronald Pleasant, was shot and killed at the scene. A 21-year-old man was shot and taken to a nearby hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening.
  • The second homicide happened in the 100 block of Pulley Place SE at around 10:43 p.m. A 20-year-old man, identified as Brandon Bush, and another 20-year-old man, were both shot. Both were transported to local hospitals by the Canton Fire Department. Bush died from his injuries.
  • The third homicide happened at around 2:28 a.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Clarendon Avenue SW. One-year-old twin brothers were shot while sleeping inside a home on Clarendon Avenue. Both were transported by the Canton Fire Department to local hospitals where one of the brothers, identified as Ace Lucas, died. His brother has non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the shooting appears to have been a drive-by.

Ace Lucas was killed, his twin brother Arcel was shot but is expected to be okay according to police.
"It's horrible, " said Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo.

Angelo said Canton detectives are working around the clock to try an catch the little boy's killer. "How callous is this person, callous enough to do something like that, what else can they do?" said Angelo.

One neighbor who did not want to be identified said she heard a loud car and then gun shots. "It sounded like a machine gun," she said.
The Canton Police Department Detective Bureau is investigating these homicides with the help from Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 330-649-5800 or 330-489-3144.