Update: Two men shot in Stow; police seek suspects

Staff Report Published:

UPDATE: Police are still investigating a Saturday shooting of that left two Stow men injured.

“We’re following a couple leads, but nothing that’s panned out so far,” said Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker. “We’re cautiously optimistic we’re on the right trail right now.”

Dirker said considering the details police know so far, the shooting was likely related to drugs. He noted the amount of marijuana seized was "not pounds," but "still substantial."

“I would say the evidence found at the scene and the circumstances would indicate to me that drugs were, in some way, involved in it,” he added.

Dirker said a total of five shell casings were recovered from the scene, which all appeared to come from the same caliber weapon — he would confirm what kind of weapon appeared to be used.

The two men shot are Stow residents, Dirker said, but neither appear to be listed renters of the 4034 Osage St. home. The actual renter, Dirker said, wasn't home when the incident happened.

Dirker noted it is too soon to comment any further at this time. There have yet to be any charges filed.

Anyone with any information that may be helpful to the case is asked to contact detectives at 330-689-5731.

THE ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

The Stow Police Department is investigating the shooting of two young men Saturday evening at an Osage Street residence.

Police said they were called at 6:33 p.m. Saturday with a report that a man had been shot at 4034 Osage St.

When officers arrived at the residence at 6:36 p.m. they reported finding Jason Hoy, 20, had been shot in a lower extremity. Emergency medical services arrived at 6:38 p.m. and treated Hoy before they transported him to a local hospital for further treatment.

Police said Hoy was later interviewed at the hospital by Stow detectives.

According to police, at 7:01 p.m. Stow police received a call from the emergency room at Akron General North that a male subject had been transported by a private vehicle to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the leg. Stow detectives interviewed the subject, Andrew Brown, a short time later. Brown, 21, was transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

The injuries to the victims are not life threatening, police said.

Stow detectives interviewed the victims who said three black males entered the residence and that one of the males shot both of the victims whereupon the three men fled the scene.

Stow police said they recovered several shell casings, a quantity of marijuana, scales and other drug paraphernalia at the scene.

The department is following up on several leads and the investigation is continuing.

Stow police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call Detective Gaffney at 330-689-5731.

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