Mass shooting in Akron, Ohio leaves one dead

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City officials are asking residents to provide information about an early morning shooting that left more than two dozen people injured in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday.


One person was killed and 24 others injured in a mass shooting early Sunday morning in Akron, Ohio, according to city officials.

Shortly after midnight, officers responded to 911 calls reporting gunshots and multiple victims struck in the area of ​​Kelly Avenue and 8th Avenue, according to a statement from the mayor and the city's police chief.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available on the suspect, city officials said. They urged residents who may have information about the shooting to come forward.

“We will bring those responsible to justice and we need the help of our community to do so. Those with information about this gruesome shooting must come forward to prevent further violence and retaliation. This can be done anonymously,” said the joint statement from Akron Mayor Shammas Malik and Police Chief Brian Harding.

The officers arrived on site shortly after calls to the operations center and reports from hospitals about several gunshot victims being admitted to the emergency room, the press release states.

In total, there were 25 gunshot victims, including the person killed, police confirmed.

Seven patients with gunshot wounds were admitted to Cleveland Clinic Akron General, one person is in critical condition, the hospital said in a statement to CNN.

The Summa Health System-Akron Campus has admitted 15 patients, spokesman Mike Bernstein told CNN in an emailed statement.

One of those patients was dead on arrival, another is in critical condition and 13 others suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Several were released around 4:30 a.m., Bernstein said.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families,” Bernstein said. “I want to thank our first responders and caregivers for all they have done to care for our patients and the community.”

“This morning, our city is reeling from the devastation caused by senseless violence. With more than two dozen victims, the pain and trauma are being felt throughout Akron today as we search for answers. As with all acts of violence in our city, our thoughts are with the victims and their families,” Malik and Harding said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.