Canton police: Group dispute may be at root of shootings – News – The Repository – Ohio News

Canton police: Group dispute may be at root of shootings – News – The Repository – Ohio News

Two people have been killed and five injured after three shootings in the last four days. Audio the 911 calls are at the bottom of the story.

CANTON  The early morning shooting death of a man outside an apartment building may have been a case of mistaken identity resulting from a fresh “group-related” dispute, investigators said Thursday.

As detectives work to gather information from a tight-lipped crowd of witnesses, police are stepping up patrols in the area.

They are searching for video from homes and residences and working in conjunction with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, said Capt. David Kurzinsky, who heads the police department’s Detective Bureau.

Darian Cundiff, 47, of Penn Place NE, and an 18-year-old northwest Canton man were shot in a drive-by incident involving more than 20 gunshots just before 2 a.m. in the 1000 block of Second Street NE.

Cundiff, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, was found in front in 1000 block of Second Street NW. The younger man was found in the 900 block of Tuscarawas Street W with two gunshot wounds to the leg.

The shooting happened just hours after another drive-by shooting into a crowd gathered for a vigil on 14th Street NE. They had gathered to remember another man shot to death four days ago, Kurzinsky said.

Cundiff was pronounced dead at the scene by Harry Campbell, chief investigator for the Stark County Coroner’s Office. The 18-year-old was treated at an area hospital and then released, Kurzinsky said.

The men were victims of the third shooting in…

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