Arrest Made in Random Shooting of Woman

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AKRON, Ohio — An Akron man has been arrested in the random shooting of a woman who was shot twice while driving.

William B. Dawson, 21, now faces charges of felonious assault and participating in a criminal gang.

According to Akron police, Wylene Edwards, 59, was driving south on Elma Avenue on Jan. 24 when she saw two males walking in the street in front of her.

Police said Edwards flashed her lights to warn the males she was behind them. The suspects walked off to the side of the road so she could pass. But after Edwards drove past the males, one of them fired several shots at her vehicle.

One bullet hit Edwards in the back and upper right shoulder. She was taken to Akron City Hospital. She has since been released and is recuperating at home.

Police said Dawson was identified by physical evidence from the shooting.

He is already in Summit County Jail on unrelated charges of aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a March 6 incident.

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