Man dead in Wunderlich Avenue shooting

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

A 31-year-old man is dead after being shot outside a house in the 300 block of Wunderlich Avenue the morning of Oct. 21.

Barberton EMS took the man to an area hospital, where he later died. The Herald was able to identify the victim as James R. Cooper III.

Police and paramedics responded shortly before 8 a.m. and detectives identified the shooter as Randall A. Simmons II, 39, of Norton. He was apprehended in Akron a short time later by officers with the Adult Parole Authority and the U.S. Marshal Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Taskforce. He was taken to the Summit County Jail where he was held in lieu of a $5 million bond. He is charged with aggravated murder, felonious assault and having a weapon under disability.


Randall A. Simmons II



  1. William Brown on October 27, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    You can say what ever you like but if you never met jr than you can’t speak a God damn word about him since your hand wasn’t in his as he died on the sidewalk as mine was so keep your options to yourself

  2. Shepard on October 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Look at the records of both of these bums. Wowzers!

  3. Harvey the rabbit on October 23, 2020 at 8:26 am

    This guy Cooper would have never been shot if he was in jail where he belongs. Simmons will be in prison soon one less criminal on our streets.

  4. there's gold in them thar garages 👀 on October 23, 2020 at 6:08 am


  5. Lynn Lanik on October 22, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Small town shows. How unprofessional of you. Your readers may not realize the mistake you have made but the fact your own editor failed to catch the potential legal ramifications this writer set you up for is sad, not to mention that the restitution this family would be entitled could cripple your entire production. Shows how small this town is. Tainting a potential jury, inability to find a fair trial, interference of justice and judicial process. What does criminal back ground have to do with murder? There is yet any evidence that this event had anything to do with the victims past. Would you print the prior solicitation convictions for a rape victim? The times a suicide victim was hospitalized? I hope not. Perhaps it is time that you refresh yourself on ethics of journalism. Or responsibility to your community to print honest, fair, balanced, non-discriminatory news. You have sadly failed.

  6. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    It’s sad the writer of this article is revicitimizing the victim

  7. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Was he coming out of a drug house

  8. Anonymous on October 22, 2020 at 10:37 am

    No class. Barberton herald

  9. Anonymous on October 21, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Rip jr rest easy

  10. Joe on October 21, 2020 at 3:49 pm


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