Akron shooting leaves 1 dead, 24 injured, police say

Two dozen people were injured and one person was killed in an overnight shooting in Akron, Ohio, officials said Sunday.

The Akron Police Department received several 911 calls about shots fired near Kelly and 8th Avenue just after midnight, according to a news release from police and the Akron Mayor’s Office.

All 25 victims suffered gunshot wounds, according to the press release. Authorities have not provided information on potential suspects or described where the shooting took place.

At least two of the injured are in critical condition, according to hospital officials.

Akron Mayor Shammas Malik and Police Chief Brian Harding said in a statement that the city was “in shock” over the shooting.

“With more than two dozen victims, the pain and trauma reverberates throughout Akron today as we search for answers,” they said.

They asked witnesses to provide information. “We will bring those responsible to justice and we need the help of our community to do that,” they said.

City officials did not provide more information about the injuries or identify the person who died.

Seven patients were admitted to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Sunday morning with gunshot wounds, including one patient in critical condition, said Beth Hertz, a hospital spokeswoman.

Michael Bernstein, a spokesman for Summa Health, a hospital system in Akron, said he received 15 patients, including 13 people whose injuries were not life-threatening. Several patients have been released or are about to be released, he said.

“One patient is in critical condition and another died upon arrival,” Bernstein said. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

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