Ohio Man Fires Three Shots At Children Playing Basketball After They Yell For Him To Slow Down

Police in Akron, Ohio, are looking for a man who shot at a group of kids playing basketball in the street after they asked him to slow down.

On Sunday, the kids were playing ball when a white Pontiac G6 with tinted windows and temporary plates sped down the street by the kids. One of the children yelled for the driver to slow down. That’s when the driver pulled over, got out, and fired three shots from a semiautomatic weapon.

“He pulled out the gun, and turned and shot at him, three fires,” Dolly Young told WKYC. Young’s 11-year-old son was one of the children playing basketball.

Young is referring to her 15-year-old neighbor Markeise Smith, who was targeted by the driver.

“He [the driver] should be locked up for what he did because you shouldn’t shoot at kids because they tell you to slow down,” Smith said. 

A neighbor captured cell phone video of the shooting and turned it over to authorities.

“This can be traumatic for anyone, especially a 15 and an 11-year-old trying to play. Any information can help. It’s like a puzzle. Every piece helps bring this person to justice and have them answer for their crime,” said Capt. Dave Laughlin to 3News last week.

The Akron Police Department said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing. 

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