Canton Teen’s Birthday Party Ends in Shooting

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CANTON, Ohio -- Police are on the hunt for a young man who they said opened fire outside a party in Canton Wednesday, wounding two other teens.

Germaine Raye said it started out as a friendly gathering for his son's 18th birthday at a home on the corner of 17th St. N.E. and Rowland Ave.

"Just a little party for my son, little kids all from the neighborhood. Don't know who this little boy was," Raye said.

Raye said a young man he did not know was sitting on his front porch as young people gathered at the home and across the street, near some small children playing on a play set.

"Just jumped up and started shooting--that's how quick it happened. That's how simple it was," Raye said.

Police believe the shooter is 19-year-old Jerell Covington.

Police said Javawn Moore, 19, was shot several times.

A 14-year-old girl was shot twice, as she stood across the street, just feet from where the children were playing on the play set.

"All I know is I heard the little girl saying she was hit, and I didn't get a chance to see the little boy, and children just ran off. That simple," Raye said.

Fox 8 News spoke with the 14-year-old girl who was shot. We are not identifying her because she is a minor.

She has been released from the hospital. The girl was shot through both legs, but she's back up and walking. The girl said was walking to pick up a math book when she was caught in the crossfire.

Moore's condition is unknown at this time.

Canton Police want anyone with information on the shooting to call their detectives at  (330) 489-3144.