AKRON — A Tallmadge man was shot in the abdomen while he was at a Brittain Road service station Wednesday and Tallmadge police arrested another Tallmadge man and an Akron boy nearby in Tallmadge, Akron police said Thursday.
Police said 19-year-old Northwest Avenue resident Sesu Sesay is listed in serious condition at Akron City Hospital.
Akron police said a 17-year-old Akron boy is charged in Summit County Juvenile Court with felony assault and tampering with evidence and 18-year-old West Avenue resident Anthony Finney is charged with fourth-degree felony obstructing official business in connection with the shooting.
According to Akron Municipal Court records, Finney was arraigned Thursday and was being held on a 10 percent of $10,000 bond in Summit County Jail. An attorney could not be immediately identified.
Police said the boy was taken to Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.
Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards said that based on witness statements, the boy is the alleged shooter and the tampering charge is due to an allegation that he hid the handgun used, which police have not yet found.
Edwards said the obstruction charge against Finney is due to him allegedly providing police with "misleading information."
Police said they responded to report of a shooting at a BP service station at the corner of Brittain Road and East Tallmadge Road at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and found Sesay had been shot. Police said they also discovered a second bullet had struck a nearby car belonging to the service station’s owner.
Edwards said the shooting is believed to be in connection with an argument about a week before between the boy and the man who was shot.
Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams said he believes a 911 call initially came into the Stow dispatch center, which handles dispatching for Tallmadge, and Tallmadge police officers went to the shooting scene. Witnesses told them that the suspects drove east on Tallmadge Road into Tallmadge, which then becomes West Avenue, and police found Finney and the boy still in their vehicle in the Tanglewood apartment complex, where Finney lives.
"They initially tried to flee, but they were boxed in," said Williams.
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