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Drive-by shooting that injured teen was only 1 of 3

June 15, 2016



The 14-year-old girl shot in the abdomen late Sunday remains in the hospital.

CANTON Detectives believe that three drive-by shootings in less than 48 hours in a northwest Canton neighborhood are not related.

The 14-year-old girl who was shot in the abdomen during the second incident about 11:55 p.m. Sunday at Auburn Place NW and Oxford Avenue remained hospitalized Tuesday, said Lt. Roger Crihfield of the Canton Police Department's detective bureau. He said the girl remained in Akron Children's Hospital. Her condition was not available.

The girl had been standing with a group of friends in a parking lot when a black car drove by and someone inside it fired a single shot into the crowd, striking the girl in the abdomen, he said Monday.

Police had been called earlier Sunday to Oxford and 15th Street NW where bullets had been fired, their reports show. Police reports show that the city's ShotSpotter gunshot reporting system drew police at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to 15th and Oxford, where the officers found four .40-caliber shell casings from a Smith & Wesson handgun. Witnesses told officers that several shots had been fired from a moving vehicle.

The girl was shot before the clock struck midnight that same day. Then, more shots rang out about 12:58 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of Shorb Avenue NW, where a house was hit, the police reports show. Police recovered shell casings and bullet slugs from that house.

"We have nothing to indicate that these are related at this time," Crihfield said just before noon Tuesday. Detectives' investigations into the shootings, however, continued, he said.

Canton Rep