Police: Shooting injures two children, kills 32-year-old Akron man inside car

AKRON, Ohio - Akron police are investigating a shooting that killed a man and injured two children inside a car Thursday evening.

Police responded to the 900 block of Concord Avenue around 11:40 p.m. where they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds inside his vehicle.

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and a 13-year-old girl was shot in the leg. Both children were taken to Akron Children's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They were treated and released.

The 32-year-old man, identified by family members at Tony Norman, was taken to Summa Akron City Hospital where he later died from his injuries, according to police.

Norman's brother, Dontay McGhee, said Norman drove to a home to pick up the girls after they got their hair done.

But before they could pull out of the driveway, someone opened fire on the car. The girls told loved ones they were shielded Norman. One of the children made a heartbreaking call to 911 call, during which she was realized she had been shot.

"If baffles me, all this this gun violence for nothing," McGhee said. "I don't know if whoever did it has kids, or how they would feel if someone did it to them with their kids in the car."

Fatima Rida, who lives next door, was startled out of sleep by gunshots. She counted 15. One of bullets pierced a dining room window and went into a cabinet.

"I heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang and I looked out and I saw a black car go down that way," Rida said.

Police have not made any arrests in connection to the shooting.

Last weekend, police investigated nine shootings, including three homicides. The death of Norman marked the fourth homicide in less than a week.

Despite the spike in violence, Akron police said homicide numbers are down from to 26 at this time last year to 19 so far in 2018.

Akron police have also taken more than 450 guns off the streets this year.

Tara Samples, an Akron city councilwoman, said she's very concerned about the violence and worries about retaliation shootings.

"People have no regard for human life anymore and you have babies in the car," she said.

 

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