Gunfight at illegal drag race in Akron kills one, injures teenager
AKRON, Ohio – A man has died and a 17-year-old man is in critical condition after a shooting Sunday night after large crowds gathered in an illegal drag race in the West Akron neighborhood, police said.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the fatal shooting victim as 23-year-old Marquis Antwan Sams of Akron. Police said Sams was taken to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center in a private car with multiple gunshot wounds, but died shortly after arriving.
The unidentified teenager was in critical condition in hospital on Monday, police said.
Officers were called to the 1500 block of South Hawkins Avenue around 9 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that more than 100 people and more than 50 cars had gathered, with some of the vehicles doing donuts and drag racing on Hawkins Plaza parking lot.
Shots were heard by officers who answered the call and the crowd began to disperse, police said. Shortly after, the two victims arrived at the hospital.
Investigators say one or more unknown suspects fired several shots. The incident is still under investigation.
Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Individuals can also send tips by texting TIPSCO to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous.
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