28-year-old Akron woman dies after being shot while riding in a car

Published: May. 19, 2022 at 8:05 AM EDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 4:49 PM EDT
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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron police are looking for the suspects who open-fired on a car in the 900 block of East Avenue, killing a 28-year-old Akron woman.

“At this point in the investigation, she is believed to be an innocent victim, not targeted,” said Akron Police Captain David McLaughlin. “Not sure if it was a road rage incident, we’re still working on all of that and that’s where we need help from the community.”

According to officers, a 52-year-old man was driving down East Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday when he noticed a car driving erratically behind him.

The 52-year-old told officers he slowed down and was pulling over so the vehicle could pass him, when someone in the suspect’s car fired several shots.

One of the bullets struck his passenger, Latajah Leatherwood.

Akron police said the 52-year-old immediately drove Leatherwood to Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center where she died from her injuries later that day.

The 52-year-old was not injured.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call 330-375-2490.

“It’s a heinous crime and not acceptable to the police department and it’s not acceptable to the community,” said Captain McLaughlin.

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