Herald Staff Writer
Reports of a drive-by shooting on Barberton’s North End had nerves on edge the afternoon of Aug. 3 but they proved in error, police say.
Calls came in around 4 p.m. that shots were fired around the State Street/Hazlewood Avenue area and a black car with temporary tags leaving the scene and turning onto Wooster Road North.
“There was no shooting,” Barberton Police Officer Marty Eberhart said. “One car’s windows side windows were busted out and there were multiple holes in the windshield. Someone smashed it with some sort of blunt object. There were no shots fired and we recovered no casings.”
Eberhart said the smashing of the windshield was so loud that witnesses mistook it for gunfire.
The reports come as neighboring Akron just reported its most violent July in a decade and the Magic City itself has two recent, as-yet-unsolved shooting incidents that resulted in no injuries.