Three teens shot at birthday party in Canton; two suspects arrested

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Crews responded after a fight broke out at American Legion Post #44 and resulted in shots fire. (JMN Photo | Jordan Miller)
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A fun night ended in gunfire at a birthday party in Canton.

The gathering was hosted at American Legion Post #44 in Canton on Cleveland Ave.

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According to police, they were dispatched to 1633 Cleveland Ave for reports of a fight that resulted in a shooting.

Police Chief John Gabbard says when officers arrived to the scene, they located three juveniles who had been shot. All three victims were transported to area hospitals by the Canton Fire Department.

Officials say the injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

Detectives arrested two teenagers in connection to the shooting. Both suspects are 15-year-old boys. Anton Nash is facing two counts of Felonious Assault (F1). Devon Chester is charged with Tampering with Evidence (F3), Obstructing Justice (F3), and Receiving Stolen Property (F5). Both suspects were transported to the Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center.

A witness to the shooting tells JMN that the altercation started between two boys, but turned into a larger fight with about 10 kids against one.

“After that they started shooting,” the witness said. “The shooter was going to shoot anyone in his way, he didn’t care”

The investigation is underway. Anyone with any information in regards to this crime is asked to contact the Canton Police Detective Bureau, at (330) 489-3144. Anonymous tips can also be sent through Tip411 or the StarkCountyCrime Stoppers. Sign up for Tip411 at www.cantonohio.gov/police.