TPD body camera video shows scene of mass shooting at Fourth of July block party in central Toledo

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Aledo cops are seen racing towards gunfire in a body camera video released by the department Thursday morning. The intense footage shows officers responding to a deadly mass shooting at a block party celebrating the Fourth of July in central Toledo. 12 people were shot within the incident during the first hours of July 5 on Lawrence Avenue. One was killed. At the start of the three minutes, 37 seconds-long video, a dispatcher tells the officer on his thanks to the scene, “We have another caller who says that he saw a Black male with a mask, no shirt, shooting a gun within the air. Also, 300 people fighting.”

Shortly after the 2 officers arrive on Lawrence Avenue, gunfire erupts. They get off of their vehicle and race towards the direction of the gunshots as people are deed. The officers are heard telling people to urge down and that they themselves take cover behind vehicles. People are heard yelling to the officers that others are shot. the remainder of the video shows the officers continuing to shut the space between them and therefore the gunfire.

Toledo captain George Kral said approximately 80 rounds were fired from multiple firearms and none of his officers, around 70 who responded, fired their guns nor returned fire. 12 people were shot in total, including 17-year-old Stephon Johnson, who died from his injuries. Police say the eleven others are expected to be okay. Toledo police have made no arrests and do not have any suspects at this point.

People who were at the party still aren’t cooperating with investigators. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is offering a $5,000 reward for any information which will cause the identification, arrest, and conviction of the shooters. Anyone with information should contact ATF by calling 1-888-ATF-TIPS, emailing by submitting an anonymous tip through the “ReportIt” app. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.

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