Copley Township Ohio – A family argument tragically ended with a man going on a deadly shooting rampage killing seven people and injuring two others. The gunman was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with police.
Police say two victims survived the shooting, with one of the survivors in the intensive care unit at Akron General Hospital, no details were available on either of their conditions. According to witnesses and police, the shooting spree started just before 11.00 a.m.Sunday morning in a wooded, residential neighbourhood of older homes. The bodies were found in four different locations within a two-block area between the two streets. It was reported that two of the gunman’s victims were his girlfriend and her brother.
Copley Police Chief Michael Mier has confirmed that the gunman shot eight people, killing seven of them including an 11-year-old child. Two of the victims were students at Copley-Fairlawn High School, the school district’s superintendent Brian Poe confirmed Monday morning. Neighbors have said, unconfirmed by police, that the shooting spree started over a disagreement about a home improvement project. Police have offered no motives and would not identify the shooter or the people who died. They said they would offer more details at a press conference on Today.
Over 300 people attended a prayer vigil at a local community park in Copley Township, Sunday night to honor of the victims of the shooting tragedy. Copley Township, population about 14,000, is located west of Akron and about 40 miles south of Cleveland.