Toledo, OH – Police released terrifying bodycam video of a shootout during a large 4th of July block party that left one teenager dead, and an 11 year old and 10 others wounded (video below).
Toledo Police Chief George Kral said the first 911 call about the shooting came in to dispatchers at 12:24 a.m. on July 5, WTOL reported.
The caller reported a man shooting into the air and as many as 300 people fighting in the middle of Lawrence Avenue near Wall Street.
Officials released bodycam video of the scene when officers’ arrived, WTOL reported.
Gunfire erupted in the background as people ran screaming in all directions.
Bodycam showed the officers jumped out of their vehicles and ran toward danger, yelling at bystanders to get down behind cars and “take cover, take cover and stay there!”
Officers tried to find the shooters in the dark, yelling back and forth to each other.
Bodycam showed the officers turned off their flashlights each time gunfire erupted in an effort not to give away their locations.
“You! Find cover, find cover,” an officer yelled as he ducked behind a vehicle in the video.
“We’ve got multiple shooters, everywhere,” the officer said into his radio as victims screamed in the background.
Chief Kral said that at least 80 rounds were fired after officers arrived on the scene, WTOL reported.
More than 70 police officers responded to the area but not one of them fired a weapon, according to the police chief.
Chief Kral identified the victim who was killed as 17-year-old Stephon Johnson, WTOL reported.
The chief said Johnson was airlifted to University of Michigan Hospital for treatment but did not survive his gunshot wounds.
He said four victims were 19 years old, one was 18 years old, two were 17 years old, two were 16 years old, one was 15 years old, and one was just 11 years old, WTOL reported.
A 51-year-old man was also shot, the Associated Press reported.
“We should be angry,” Chief Kral said. “We need to come together as a community. We’ve seen violence like this in this country all year long, and now it’s hit home.”
“Someone there knows who was shooting these guns,” he added.
The police chief said witnesses were not cooperating with investigators, WTOP reported.
Police still don’t know what started the street brawl or gunfight and no suspects have been identified, nor have any arrests been made.
Johnson’s father made a plea to the community and asked for somebody to come forward with information about who had killed his teenage son, WTOL reported.
Police said the investigation was ongoing.
Watch the chaos unfold in the video below. Action starts at 1:15. WARNING – Graphic Content: