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16-year-old boy shot in Akron; police say he flagged down vehicle asking for help

The teen is expected to survive despite taking a bullet to the chest. Authorities are still searching for suspects.
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AKRON, Ohio — A 16-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after being shot around midnight Tuesday in Akron.

Police say the teen apparently flagged down a passing vehicle for help near the intersection of Allyn and Power Streets, not far from the University of Akron campus. He told the occupants he had been shot, and they subsequently drove him to Cleveland Clinic Akron Medical Center before officers could arrive.

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The victim took a bullet to the chest, according to officials, but is expected to survive. He told authorities he was shot by an unknown individual "on the other side of town," but investigators could not pinpoint the exact crime scene.

Detectives are currently looking into the matter. Anyone with information is asked to immediately call either the Akron Police Department's detective bureau at (330) 375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at (330) 434-2677. Anonymous tips can also be texted to 274637.

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