NEW VIDEO: Body cam shows scene of block party where 12 were shot, killing 1
Police Chief George Kral said more than 80 rounds were fired from multiple guns.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - One person is dead and 11 others were injured in a Monday morning shooting.
According to Toledo Police, hundreds of people were fighting near Lawrence Avenue and North Detroit Avenue during a block party just before 12:30 a.m Monday when the shots rang out. In all, twelve people were shot — one fatally. Police Chief George Kral said more than 80 rounds were fired from multiple guns.
17-year-old Stephon Johnson was taken to the University of Michigan by Life Flight for treatment where he later died, according to TPD. Two additional people were in critical condition: a 51-year-old man and a 19-year-old, and both are expected to recover. Nine people were in stable condition, most of whom are teenagers, as well as an 11-year-old child.
TPD has not identified any suspects at this time and said witnesses are not cooperating. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the shooting. Officials said they do not know what started the gunfire.
“Unfortunately when we have 12 people shot and we’re not getting a whole lot of cooperation, it’s frustrating for our investigators,” Chief Kral said.
Seventy TPD officers, seven Lucas County Sheriff’s Office deputies, and seven Ohio State Highway Patrol officers responded. Chief Kral said that shots were still being fired as the first officers arrived at the scene and no TPD officers fired any weapons.
Body camera footage from TPD shows the chaotic scene as officers arrived while the shots rang out.
Warning: some viewers may find the video below disturbing and it contains explicit language.
During a Monday afternoon press conference on the incident, Chief Kral thanked Toledo Fire and Rescue for their work as well.
“Normally in something like this, they stage until the scene was safe. Not this time,” Kral said. “They jumped into action right away. We try to keep them in what we call the warm zone but they were in the hot zone.”
Chief Kral said the 4th of July holiday is usually one of their busiest days of the year and there was no reason to break up the block party prior to the shots fired.
“If you wanna have fun with friends and relatives, knock yourselves out, but leave the guns at home.” Kral said.
Officials are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.
“We have twelve Toledoans who were shot last night. We should be angry,” Kral said. “We’ve seen this type of violence in our country all year long and now it’s hit home. We need to come together as a community and come forward. Someone there knows who was shooting these guns. We’ll keep you safe. We’ll make sure we get the information but we need to do this together.”
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