Shooting in Akron, Ohio: 25 shots, 1 fatal, after chaos breaks out at a street party near Kelly Avenue and 8th Avenue, police say

AKRON, Ohio — At least 25 people were shot, one fatally, when gunfire erupted early Sunday morning at a large street party in Akron, Ohio, authorities said.

Two victims remained in critical condition, authorities said in an update Sunday evening.

The victims’ ages range from 19 to 33, with most of the individuals in their 30s, police said.

Authorities recovered two handguns at the scene and there are indications that it was a drive-by shooting with evidence of return fire, officials said.

As of Sunday evening, no arrests had been made and there were no suspects in the ongoing investigation, police said. Anyone with information has been asked to contact Akron police.

The shooting occurred just after midnight in East Akron, followed by numerous 911 calls from witnesses reporting multiple victims had been struck by bullets, according to a joint statement issued Sunday morning by Akron Mayor Shammas Malik and Police Chief Brian Harding, who Last week he was sworn in to lead the department.

As police officers responded to the scene of the shooting, local hospitals reported multiple people arriving at their respective emergency rooms with gunshot wounds.

One victim, a 27-year-old man, was killed during the chaos that occurred near the intersection of Kelly and 8th Avenue, authorities told Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS.

“This morning, our city is reeling from the devastation of senseless violence,” Malik and Harding said in their joint statement. “With more than two dozen victims today, the pain and trauma reverberates throughout Akron as we search for answers. As with all acts of violence in our city, our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones.”

No details were available about a motive.

“We will bring those responsible to justice, and to do that we need the help of our community,” the mayor and police chief said. “For those with information about this horrific shooting, we need your voice to prevent further violence and retaliation. This can be done anonymously.”

Witnesses told WEWS that multiple shots sent hundreds of people fleeing for cover. One witness, Brittney, who would give only her first name, said the shooting broke out after the street party turned into numerous street fights.

“There were people in the streets fighting; women were yelling at their men, like they were trying to pull them away,” Brittney told WEWS. “But at this point it was getting too out of hand. There were probably 20 to 30 guys fighting in the street. So I didn’t waste any time getting through that and getting out.”

Another witness told the station that the street party turned from a fun event into a chaotic event within seconds.

“Everyone was wearing white T-shirts, there were women dancing on top of vehicles. It looked like a scene from a spring break movie. It seemed like everyone was having a good time. On the way back it was a completely different scene,” the witness said.

At least seven patients with gunshot wounds were admitted to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, including one in critical condition, hospital officials said. Following the shooting and the influx of patients, the hospital put the emergency room on a “hard lockdown” from just after midnight until 3:30 a.m., hospital spokesman Joe Milicia told ABC News.

“That’s a common procedure when you have gunshot victims,” Milicia said of the lockdown.

Summa Health in Akron said it was treating 15 patients Sunday morning, 13 of whom had non-life-threatening injuries. One person taken to Summa Health remained in critical condition, hospital officials said.

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