Mayor Malik and Chief Harding Release Joint Statement on Overnight Violence 

Akron, Ohio, June 2, 2024  —  Just after midnight Sunday, June 2, the Akron Police Department 911 center received several calls regarding shots being fired in the area of Kelly Ave. and 8th Ave. with multiple victims being reported as struck. Officers were immediately dispatched and responded to the area. Shortly after those calls came in, the dispatch center received notifications from local hospitals that multiple persons were arriving in the emergency departments with gunshot wounds. In total, there are 25 gunshot victims, including one confirmed fatality. The investigation is in its preliminary stages and more information will be provided as it becomes available. No further suspect or victim information is available at this time. 

This morning Mayor Malik and Chief Brian Harding have released the following statement:  

“This morning, our city is reeling after the devastation of senseless violence. With more than two dozen victims, the pain and trauma reverberates across all of Akron today as we search for answers. As with all acts of violence in our city, our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones.

We will bring those responsible to justice, and we need the help of our community to do that. For those who have information about this horrific shooting  – we need you to speak up in order to prevent further violence and retaliation. This can be done anonymously.   

Today, and in the days ahead, we will share more information about this horrific incident. Our city government and our Akron Police Department will continue to prioritize public safety as our number one concern as we aim to end gun violence in our community. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. Citizens may also provide anonymous information to any of the following: 

The Summit County Crimestoppers, call 330-434-COPS. 

Text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.  

Download the Akron PD app and submit information by texting Tips411 or by accessing the link on our website www.AkronCops.org.”