WARREN - The 18-year-old woman wounded in a shooting Friday night in Perkins Park has died, according to the Warren Police Department.
McKayla Hopkins of Warren was wounded around 9:15 p.m. with a single gunshot to the torso while attending a birthday party at the city park.
Police Capt. Robert Massucci said that although there were several witnesses and adults around, they all said they never saw a gun. They only heard a shot fired.
While medical crews attended to Hopkins at the pavilion with birthday streamers, police gathered several witnesses into a nearby pavilion, then took some of the group to the police station Friday night for more questioning.
A person not part of the group of rounded-up witnesses claimed that one teen was showing off a gun when it accidentally fired.
Police would only say Saturday that no arrests have been made, and that detectives investigating the case are asking that anyone with information call police at 330-394-2521.
Investigators ask that anyone with information on the shooting call the Warren Police Department at 330-394-2521.
Warren City Council President Bob Dean told WYTV 33 News, "You can almost guarantee in a crowd of 30, 40 kids there are probably four or five weapons.''
He has traveled to Cleveland to take a look at their gun buy-back program and is trying to get help from state lawmakers.
"I'm gonna ask again, probably before our council comes back, that we take another look at finding a way to get our gun turning program working again," Dean said.
Shatara Crum told 33 News that she takes her son to Perkins Park every week for soccer games.
"To hear that happened, it kind of makes you feel uneasy about coming out here, wanting to bring your kids," Crum said. "I don't understand why someone would bring a gun to a park."
"It makes you feel like you're not safe anywhere around here," said Dustin Weaver. "It's supposed to be a place kids come to play."