Man Robbed, Shot in Front of 3-Year-Old Son

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RAVENNA, Ohio -- A young father is in the hospital after he was robbed and shot while walking with his 3-year-old son.

Three suspects are behind bars, and the victim is expected to survive.  Police say they believe it was a random crime.

Aaron Garrett, 23, tells 911 dispatchers that someone shot him in the chest while walking down Sapp Road in Ravenna just after 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Relatives say he was with his 3-year-old son, on their way to take food to his wife, who is a home health care aide.  The boy was not hurt.

"That was the worst part of it, all that kid could say was 'daddy's shot' for the rest of the night, that's all he could say, and that just breaks my heart and I seen him crying and everything," said brother-in-law Shawn Admire.

A short time later, police arrested Antwan Ashford, 20, and Torrence Williams, 19, of Cleveland.  Both are charged with felonious assault and aggravated robbery.  Police say it was a random robbery and that the victim did not know the suspects.

"Can you breathe? He's saying he can barely breathe," a man is heard telling 911 dispatchers on a recorded call.

According to the 911 call, the man who says he witnessed the shooting from his car helped Aaron until paramedics arrived.

"Who shot him?" the dispatcher asked.

"I don't know," the caller said.  "Two dudes walked up, somebody fired a shot, I was sitting in my car." 

"Do you have a description?" prompted the dispatcher.

"No, one dude had a hoodie on.  It was a tall dude and a short dude, they had all black," the caller explained.

According to police, the man on the phone was Cory Fields, 18, of Ravenna.  They arrested him at the scene and charged him with obstructing justice, accusing him of lying to officers to prevent the suspects from being arrested.

"He was on the phone with me, he was like, I gotta go, somebody just got shot and I was like, 'what?' And he just hung up," explained Fields' 16-year-old girlfriend.

She says he had nothing to do with the crime.

"I don't want him to get blamed for anything that he didn't do," she said.

"I'm happy Aaron's fine, but it's just who could do something like that with a baby there?" said Admire.

According to relatives, the bullet punctured Garrett's lung, but they say he was in good spirits at Robinson Memorial Hospital Wednesday night.

Ashford and Williams are being held on $500,000 bond in the Portage County Jail.  Fields is being held on $150,000 bond.  They are all due in court on Oct. 12.