Man Accused of Shooting Teens; 1 Dies

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By Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter

AKRON, Ohio — A man is behind bars, accused of shooting two teenage girls in the head early Sunday morning.  One of the girls passed away, the other, is in the hospital after the violence.

Akron police say the suspect is David Stoddard, 24, of Barberton.

He’s behind bars facing several charges:  aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, and felonious assault.

"One of our girls is gone," said Jessica Cates, who knows both victims and the suspect personally.

Authorities have not released the identities of the victims.  They are also still unsure as to what led Stoddard to the home in the 200 block of East Archwood Avenue.

“Why would you do that to anybody?" said Brittany Stephens, a friend of one of the victims.

Teddy bears on the front steps are sobering reminders of what happened at the home.

Akron police say Stoddard walked into the house through a sliding back door in the middle of the night, where several people were inside.  That included both teens, ages 16 and 19.

The 16-year-old didn’t survive.

“She didn’t deserve to die she was 16, she didn't even get to live her life and it's not fair to everyone

to ever lose their life," said Cates, who has known Stoddard for the past three years.

"You wouldn't have never expected this to happen, like, he wasn't like that," she said.

Police tell FOX 8 that shortly after the shootings, Stoddard took off to the Legacy Inn in Wadsworth.  He was taken into custody at the Summit County Jail just before 8:30 a.m., Sunday.

"He should never be allowed walking the streets again," Stephens said.

"It doesn't even seem real, like I could still hear her voice and I can still see all of our pictures on Facebook and everything and it's just not fair," Cates said.

The 19-year-old who was shot was taken to Akron General Hospital.  Her condition is unknown.

Akron police tell FOX 8 the suspect and victims did know each other.

Meanwhile, according to Summit County court documents, Stoddard recently made bail after a carrying concealed weapons charge, and was actually already scheduled to appear in court on January 8th.

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