AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron police charged 19-year-old Tyler Duncan Monday afternoon for shooting at two boys playing basketball in October.
Duncan was charged with two counts of Felonious Assault, Weapons Under Disability, and Carrying Concealed Weapon in connection with the Oct. 11 shooting.
Duncan was already in custody on unrelated warrants and drug charges since Oct. 12, Akron police said.
According to Akron Police Capt. David Laughlin, Duncan shot at a 15-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy Oct. 11.
Neither were injured.
Akron police said DNA and other evidence linked Duncan to the crime.
Back in October, one of the boys Duncan shot at said he and the other boy were outside playing basketball in the 1400 block of Rockaway Street when a man driving a white Pontiac G6 went flying down the street.
It’s now believed that man was Duncan.
Markeise Smith, just 15 years old, pushed his friend 11 year old Alex Young out of the street just in time to keep both boys from being hit by the car, but then Duncan, allegedly, got out and fired 3 shots at the boys.
Markeise was gratified to hear that there had been an arrest.
“It was kind of horrible for me to go through with with him still being out there, but now that he’s in jail I feel safe around here more,” Markeise said..
Jennifer Greer, Markiese’s mom, has been trying to help her son through a difficult time, and is trying to lead by example by bringing herself to forgive the suspect.
“It’s not easy to get to that point, because my first thing was that somebody shot at my son and as hard as I try to keep him away from being a product of the street life, it touched his life in that way, so it’s frustrating,” she said.
Dolly Young and her son Alex have moved away from the neighborhood, frightened by the violence.
Alex, she says, is in counseling, and she’s upset that they have been forced to leave their friends on the street.
“To have to say goodbye to that is not that easy but I would rather have my son’s safety first and I would rather not lose my son like I almost lost him that day,” she said.