Akron police searching for suspects in gun fight, stray bullet struck a home

Akron police searching for suspects in gun fight, stray bullet struck a home

AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - A shootout in an Akron neighborhood resulted in a nearby home getting struck by a stray bullet.

“My heart sunk to my stomach, and I instantly like yelled for my boyfriend, called 911, and made sure I was protecting my 19-month-old sleeping,” said Paige Blaylock who witnessed the end of the gunfight.

Blaylock still doesn’t feel safe in her home after what happened.

“I heard a bunch of gunshots like multiple rounds coming from the right side of our house cause I was upstairs in my room and I had the whole front view of the street, and then I heard a car-like clinking-like-sounding really bad,” Blaylock said.

Akron Police received multiple calls about two cars shooting at each other on N. Howard St a little before 11 P.M. on Wednesday. Officers found one of the abandoned cars on Oak Street in front of Blaylock’s home. She witnessed three men jump out of that car and run away; one of them was caught on her surveillance camera.

“One ran up my driveway and it looked like he was like carrying something like a gun,” said Blaylock.

A nearby home was struck by a bullet.

“I think there were just gunshots outside our house, and I think bullet went through my wall in my room,” recalled Blaylock.

Officers found a 19-year-old man nearby who told them he was driving the car near n Howard Road when someone in the car behind him started following him and shooting at him. He told officers he did not return fire, but multiple witnesses said otherwise.

“Did you guys get any calls about a gunfight coming up Howard street?” a 911 caller asked the operator. “They were firing at the bottom of the hill, and they were flat tires going up the hill, and then there were more gunshots up at the top of the hill too, so I don’t know what the hell just happened.”

“There’s two cars shooting multiple gunshots at each other at high speed just shot about 50 shots,” another 911 caller said.

Akron Police have not made any arrests in this case yet...but they are still investigating and are asking anyone with any information to Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip or call the Summit County Crimestoppers call 330-434-COPS, text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous.

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