On Sunday afternoon, a 7-year-old child, Tyren Thompson, was tragically shot at Akron's Lane Field Park, Ohio, following a pee-wee football game. The incident occurred around 4 p.m., leaving the community in shock and the police urgently seeking information on the shooter, who witnesses believe may be another child between the ages of 11 and 15. The young victim is now fighting for his life in the hospital, and the authorities are calling for community cooperation to find the assailant.
On a bright Sunday afternoon at Akron's Lane Field Park, a community gathering turned into a nightmare. Just after a youth football game, gunfire erupted, leaving two injured, including 7-year-old Tyren Thompson. The shooting occurred around 4 p.m., near the playground, where Tyren had just finished playing his game. Witnesses reported seeing a 19-year-old man shot in the hip and Tyren, a second-grader, shot in the chest. The police chief, Steve Mylett, described the situation as “unacceptable,” adding to the outrage that another child, aged between 11 and 15, appeared to be the shooter.
Residents nearby are fed up with the violence, and the police are calling on the community to provide answers. 911 calls flooded Akron's dispatch center, with callers describing the chaos and urgency of the situation. Body camera footage from responding officers captured the frantic scene, and the search for the shooter began. Tyren was rushed for emergency surgery at Akron General, while the 19-year-old victim was treated for a leg injury. Police are investigating the possibility of a second shooter, and no arrests have been made.
Retired teacher John Scott, who was present at the scene, expressed his disbelief at the tragedy that unfolded during what was supposed to be a wonderful gathering. The incident has left the community in shock, with many calling for changes and precautions at Lane Field. Scott shared his prayers for the injured and the community, reflecting the sentiments of many who were present that day.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan issued a statement expressing heartbreak and outrage over the incident, calling for community action. “Enough is enough. This cannot be considered normal, and we cannot be complacent as a community with this type of behavior,” he said. The mayor emphasized the need for collaboration among residents, parents, coaches, teachers, elected officials, and religious leaders to make a difference.
The neighborhood around Lane Field has seen more reports of shots fired than any other area in Akron, with nearly quadruple the reports per 100 residents compared to the rest of the city. The area also has more daytime shootings, a concerning trend that adds to the urgency of addressing gun violence in the community.
As the investigation continues, the police are encouraging anyone with information to come forward. The incident has left a lasting impact on the community, with many expressing frustration, sadness, and outrage. The call for action is clear, and the community's response will be crucial in ensuring the safety and well-being of its children. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of violence and the importance of community collaboration in creating a peaceful environment.
Individuals possessing information are urged to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. Citizens can also submit anonymous information to Summit County Crime Stoppers by calling 330-434-COPS.