3 shots, 1 killed in North Hill neighborhood of Akron

Officials say “dozens” of bullets were fired and they are currently examining casings as evidence.

AKRON, Ohio — One person died and two others were injured following a shooting in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron on Wednesday night.

Police said there had been a “large” memorial gathering near the 800 block of Wall Street when a group of several people may have started firing shots at the vigil around 6 p.m. Investigators believe someone in the crowd may have exchanged gunfire with the perpetrators.

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A 30-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center via a private vehicle. He died there of his injuries. The Summit County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Christopher Johnson of Akron. Johnson died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

A second 30-year-old man was also shot at the scene and rushed by ambulance to Summa Health Akron City Hospital, while a 19-year-old victim was taken to the same facility with his own injuries. Both are expected to make a full recovery.

No arrests have been made at this time. Officials say “dozens” of bullets were fired and they are currently examining casings as evidence.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to immediately call the Akron Police Department Detective’s Office at (330) 375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at (330) 434-2677. Information can also be texted using the word “TIPSCO” to 274637. Callers and text messages can remain anonymous.

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