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16-year-old shot at Akron park

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

A 16-year-old boy is recovering after being shot at Heinz-Hillcrest Park Sunday afternoon.

The park is located in the 1700 block of Highview Avenue. Baseball games are often played here, but when the shooting happened around 4 p.m. there were no games, only a few teens playing some basketball. Simply trying to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. 

The victim told Akron Police Officers he was playing basketball with friends. When they were done playing, several other males came up to him and demanded money.

The victim took off running and the suspects shot him several times. He made it to a nearby house and asked for help.

The teenager was shot in the chin, right arm and right leg.  He was transported to Akron City Hospital where his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron Police.

Crime has been showing up in places we least expect. In Cleveland, a child was shot as he played on an East Side playground. And, a little league had to cancel it's games at a West Side park. 

It's a shame because the crack of the bat is a summertime favorite, not the pop of a gun.

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