CANTON, Ohio-- The shooting along Interstate 77 in Canton early Wednesday morning may have started with a robbery. That's according to the woman who found the wounded victim on her front porch.
Liz Lemasters said her son woke her up at about 3:30 a.m. They discovered a woman bleeding from wounds to the back of her head and her hand on the porch of their East Valentine Circle home.
Lemasters said the woman was very scared and thought she was being followed by her attackers. The victim told Lemasters there was a robbery where she was staying and a person had been shot. The victim got in a van and fled.
At some point, she abandoned the Kia mini van along I-77 south and went to a nearby house for help. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a trooper found the van at about 3:43 a.m. There were bullet holes and blood in the vehicle.
But the Stark County Sheriff's Office said they spoke to the victim and have no knowledge of a prior shooting or robbery. They said there was a disagreement at a different location.
According to the sheriff's office, the woman knew her shooters. The highway patrol agreed the shooting was not random.
I-77 was closed at 13th Street NW for several hours Wednesday morning as authorities investigated.
The victim was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where she was treated and released.