TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – Gunfire during a July 4 block party killed a 17-year-old boy and injured 11 other people, the Toledo Police Chief said.
Hundreds of people were in the party when the shooting broke out just after midnight on Monday, Chief George Kral said.
Most of the victims were teenagers and the youngest was eleven years old, he said. Two people – a 51-year-old and a 19-year-old – were still in critical condition, Kral said.
The police do not know why the shooting started or have no suspects because they did not get much cooperation from the party guests, the police chief said. He said it was frustrating that there were hundreds at the party but few people were willing to provide information.
“We should be angry. We need to come together as a community, ”he said.
Police first responded to the party after receiving a call that someone had shot a gun in the air and people were fighting in the street. Shortly after the officers arrived, they found several people shooting, Kral said.
Bullets were found in the walls of the neighboring houses. Police believe about 80 shots were fired, Kral said. No officer fired their guns, he said.
Kenny Smith told The Blade that his relatives host the annual Independence Day party and that it is usually a family-friendly get-together. He said no one in his family knew who started filming and he wasn’t sure if it started before or after the police arrived because “everything was going so crazy”.