Gunfire erupts in Copley restaurant parking lot after guests’ dispute, police say

Gunfire erupts in Copley restaurant parking lot after guests’ dispute, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An on-going dispute between two groups of diners resulted in a shootout in the parking lot of a Copley restaurant Monday evening.

The incident occurred outside Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse in the 100 block of Montrose West Avenue in Copley at about 7:45 p.m., according to a police.

Police said they believe that the people involved in the shooting knew each other and that the gunfight may have been a continuation of a previous argument.

Both groups appear to be from Akron, police said. Each group happened to have come to the Copley restaurant to dine.

A woman from Copley who has lived in the area for two decades tells 19 News, “It’s just very scary. It seems like maybe it’s (Copley) is going down hill. It used to be a nonviolent place when I moved here 20 years ago. We never had to worry about crime.”

The shooting began after two members of one of the groups of diners left the restaurant and walked to their car, police said. Someone from the other group was waiting for them and began shooting.

The couple who had just left the restaurant fired back, and numerous gunshots were exchanged, according to the release.

The members of both groups left the scene before police were called.

It does not appear that anyone was struck by gunfire, according to the release. Police checked with local hospitals. No one had been treated for gunshot wounds after the incident.

No bystanders were injured, but four vehicles were struck with gunfire, the police said.

The owner of the restaurant tells 19 News in all their years serving the public they have never seen anything like this. They are thankful no one was injured and the case is now in the hands of police.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call detectives at 330-670-2723 or text Summit County Crime Stoppers at 274637. Include the word “TIPSCO” and your tip in the text.

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