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Basketball game launched gunfight at Tuscora Park, police say

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

A gunfight that started a little after 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Tuscora Park on Barberton’s East Side started as a pickup basketball game, police say.

According to police, two groups of people from Akron and Canton had converged on the park to play but the match ended with them firing multiple shots at each other.

“Things apparently got out of hand and one pulled out a gun and then the shooting started,” Barberton Police Officer Marty Eberhart told The Herald.

Surprisingly, there were no reports of any injuries, neither among the combatants nor bystanders.

Officers patrolling the East Side heard the shots and rushed to the park to find a car racing away from the scene. A cruiser followed it out Seventh Street Northeast and performed a “felony traffic stop,” where officers approach the vehicle with guns drawn, on East Robinson Avenue, finding four occupants.

Officers investigated at the scene and Aaron A. Spooney, 20, was arrested for discharging a firearm in a prohibited area. Anthony M. Spooney, 23, was arrested for improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle and driving under suspension. A 17-year-old Akron boy was charged with possession of Marijuana. The fourth person, a 16-year-old Akron boy, was not charged. Both juveniles were released to their parents and all four were banned from Barberton parks for one year.

During the chase, they had tossed a handgun out of the car and it was recovered around the intersection of Seventh and Robinson. During a search of the car, police found two magazines, one in a book bag and the other under the driver’s seat.

Eberhart said the department is still investigating and more arrests and charges are expected.

“We will not tolerate this in our parks and our city,” Eberhart said.

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32 Comments

  1. Liberalismkills on October 9, 2021 at 7:28 am

    Did the article say what kind of gun was used? Want to make sure I don’t buy one like it. Aim seems to be off



  2. WLM on October 1, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Keep killing each other. The police wont be as nice next time.



  3. Animals on October 1, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Lock them up like the animals they are. Kill each other off but leave the innocent bystanders alone. They have no value of life so feel free to shoot each other every day just make sure you succeed next time.



  4. Anonymous on September 30, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    They gone get turn to a pack



  5. Anonymous on September 30, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I hope them guns was stolen or illegal throw the book at them



  6. John doe on September 30, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    I’m surprised Barberton did anything, god forbid they have to do any work at all . Jeeezzz don’t want paperwork!



  7. Picture Perfect on September 30, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    From the pics of them i see nothing wrong and would never suspect anything thugish. Stand up gentlemen right there.



  8. grayson on September 30, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    that aaron dude tried too rob me for a puff bar before 😂



  9. mick maag on September 30, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Thank God none of our local kids were in the Area.. Justice should be.. You carry a gun to stupidly utilize it.. You lose your Gun Rights and driving License for ever, years of Jail and cut off the firing finger.. Marked for life..



  10. Anonymous on September 30, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Banned for only a year???? You gotta be kidding me



  11. WWTOWPS on September 30, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Some of these racist comments are disgusting. All this hate gets us nowhere to end the violence happening around us.



  12. LeeBron on September 30, 2021 at 6:40 am

    They dont have basketball courts in Akron? They not man enuff to carry gun to court in Akron that why.



  13. Joshua Haught on September 30, 2021 at 3:39 am

    I got banned from Barberton food mart for five years for taking a honey bun!but I’d a took team Akron to win!may see them tomorrow when I visit probation I’ll Tellem all the love and support they got!god bless



  14. Rubber City Rebel on September 29, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Remember the days of the “park dances”? Can you imagine what would happen these days if they brought those back?! Sad!



  15. I shouldn't be able to comment anonymously on September 29, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    The comments here are just as disgraceful as the actions of the idiots at the park. Barberton Herald do you even monitor?



  16. Anonymous on September 29, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    At least the ER was close!



  17. Comment person on September 29, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    The problem is “those types” of people have higher levels of testosterone, combine that with youth, poor parenting, and a culture that glorifies that behavior, this is the result. They’re the most athletic people, but primitive and impulsive.



  18. Tru evolution on September 29, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    The problem is “those types” of people have higher levels of testosterone, combine that with youth, poor parenting, and a culture that glorifies that behavior, this is the result. They’re the most athletic people, but primitive and impulsive, and overwhelmed by progressive western culture. Turns out Abraham Lincoln ruined America:) told ya



  19. Anonymous on September 29, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    It’s a shame they were all bad shots



  20. Anonymous on September 29, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Not surprised after seeing the mug shots



  21. B4769410 on September 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I hope BPD does their due diligence and investigates Geoffrey Lockett. Someone mentioned he had recently got a gun related charge, then was quick to post on his social media account of his new weapon purchases afterwards. Coincidentally, he posted a video on the same social media account telling people to “pull up” with basketball emojis, showing the view of Tuscora Park. Although he posted it within 24 hours, it just so happens to be deleted now. Its unfortunate to see people that you went to school with who had athletic & academic talent fall to this. Not trying to paint someone guilty before their acquitted or even though to be apart of the case. Sometimes, things aren’t always just a coincidence. Just a concerned, anonymous citizen who doesn’t want to see his city be affected of what seems to be like another type of plague.



  22. Anonymous on September 29, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    Sounds like they are a bad shot



  23. Concerned citizen on September 29, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Did they purchase the weapon legally? Was it registered to one of the troublemakers??



  24. White Basketball player on September 29, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Least I know im safe for a year, thanks B-town parks n rec, can’t believe there’s not more shooting on the tennis court or baseball field…hmmmm 🙂



  25. Michael Burnette on September 29, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    In the 60’s and 70’s you had to wait to get a game and never had a fight ! We respected the game and our parks



  26. Anonymous on September 29, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Everyone wants to be a gangster till its time to do gangster stuff like 20 yrs for being a dummy



  27. Victor Rosenal on September 29, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Glad they caught them. They should be banned for life though…



  28. Cheri Shimp on September 29, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    They should never be allowed back into Barberton! If they’re this bad now, they’re going to be even worse a year from now!



  29. Foul on September 29, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Way to go NBA.



  30. James on September 29, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Why are they not banned for life? They have a shootout and only get a year.



  31. El-Bronnie James on September 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Someone must have gotten dunked on?



  32. Kathy Blair on September 29, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    makes me sick these punks act like this. play a dang basketball, and carry on.



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