AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Police said a 15-year-old boy is dead and a 14-year-old boy is in critical condition after a shooting Wednesday evening.
The double shooting unfolded at about 7 p.m. in the basement of a home in the 200 block of Grand Avenue, according to Akron Police.
A group of teens met up at the home, where the 15-year-old began playing with a gun. The gun went off, striking the 14-year-old in the head.
The 15-year-old then turned the gun on himself, and pulled the trigger.
Both boys were taken to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, where the 15-year-old died from his injuries.
The police department released a statement after incorrect information was sent out in an earlier press release:
The Akron Police Department takes pride in only furnishing accurate information. Last night we received inaccurate information from multiple reliable sources that both teens had died at the hospital. The department would like to apologize to the victims’ families. The department feels terrible for the families of the victims of this tragic event and our thoughts are with them during this difficult times.
STATEMENT FROM AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
“The Akron Public Schools family, including the Akron School Board, is in mourning over the violence that claimed one student’s life and has left another’s in the balance. We offer prayers for the loved ones of these children. Our crisis teams are assisting at the schools for as long as is necessary to help our students and staff through this difficult time. I have been in contact with Mayor Dan Horrigan, and we will continue to work on ways to curb youth violence and the senseless loss of life among our young people.”
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