Man fires gun at teens playing basketball

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Video shows man shooting at kids who yell at him to drive slower

The man opened fire on the kids while they were playing basketball.


Bryan Rolli


A harrowing video shows an Ohio man shooting at several kids playing basketball on the street after they yelled at him to drive slower.

Police in Akron, Ohio, say 15-year-old Markeise Smith was playing basketball with several of his neighbors, including an 11-year-old boy, Fox 8 reports. While the kids were playing, a man in a white Pontiac G6 with tinted windows and temporary tags raced past them. 

Smith allegedly yelled for the driver to slow down. The driver then stopped a few houses away, got out of the car, and fired three shots at Smith and the other kids. 

“He reached in the car for something and that’s when I found out he had a gun,” Smith told Fox 8. “He put it under his arm, trying to hide it from me. He put it under his arm, holding the gun, and then I started walking away, thinking that it’s time for me to hide from the gun, until he started shooting.”

When the man began shooting, Smith says he ran after his 11-year-old neighbor and told him to go into the house. Smith then ran into his backyard and told his mom to come to the back door. 

A neighbor recorded the gunfire and sent the footage to Fox 8 and local authorities. The video was uploaded to the r/PublicFreakout subreddit on Thursday, where it has since received more than 10,000 upvotes.

“How the fuck do you lose an argument to a small child and then decide murder is the next best course of action?!” the top comment reads. “‘Welp, I’m wrong, better escalate the shit out of this.’”

Akron police say none of the boys were injured, and they are still searching for the gunman. 

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