SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for two suspects, a driver of a dark colored pickup and a passenger who shot and killed a 23-year-old Akron man on Interstate 77 on Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
The two vehicles were traveling south on I-77 when the gunman stuck a handgun out OF the window, firing several rounds, killing Marquise Banks police said.
Banks lost control of his SUV and crashed into a Mercedes on the northbound side. The driver of the Mercedes was taken to Akron City Hospital in Green.
“There’s two people of interest here, the driver and the shooter in that suspect vehicle, apprehending them obviously,” Summit County Sheriff’s Office Inspector Bill Holland said.
Initially this was believed to be a road rage incident, but Holland would not determine if that’s the case.
“Right now, it’s under investigation,” Holland said. A search warrant was conducted early this morning in relation to the incident so we’re hopeful to apprehend somebody here shortly.”
Ann Shuman was driving the Mercedes that was crashed into after the shooting. She considers herself lucky after sustaining minor injuries from the accident.
“I tried to turn to get as far off to the side and passed him as I could, but he smacked right into my driver’s side door,” Shuman said.
She said her side mirror crashed through her window, cutting her left arm. She also sustained bumps and bruises and a seatbelt burn from the crash.
“I literally got blasted and it was just so unreal,” she said. That mirror came in and sliced up my arm and I was just covered in glass.”
Shuman said she believes the crash was pure happenstance, because she spilled something at her desk which caused her to leave late, putting her in the wrong place at the wrong time. But despite the accident she’s still counting her blessings.
“Normally if it’s a sunny day like that I take the convertible,” Shuman said. “My husband said if I would have been in the convertible, I would have been dead. That fine German engineering saved my life. Definitely, I have some guardian angels looking out for me.”
Holland is confident the suspect will be apprehended but encourages anyone with additional information to come forward.
“Whatever that information that is: The identity of the driver, the identity of the shooter, anything that someone has relating to the incident,” Holland said. “Whether you think it’s a small amount of information, it could be a key piece of information. So, if anybody has anything, please contact our detective bureau (at 330-630-6317).”