Troopers still seek suspect in I-680 shooting in Austintown
Law enforcement officials in the area are still trying to identify and arrest a man who state troopers say opened fire and shot a young woman in the stomach.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol remains on the hunt for the man who opened fire on a car with two teenage girls inside, striking one of them in the leg.
It's an apparent case of road rage.
The victim of the shooting has been identified as 18-year-old Kailee Weimer of Austintown. She was shot once in the leg but is expected to make a full recovery.
The passenger in Weimer's vehicle was a 17-year-old female friend who called 911 and told the dispatcher, "We're on 680 and we're headed towards Niles. (My friend) she did get shot! She is shot!"
You can hear the 17-year-old crying profusely as the dispatcher tells her that help is on the way.
Both teens are Austintown students with the MCCTC medical program.
Authorities know at least one gunshot was fired at them on the interstate on Thursday at around 4:30 pm.
It happened around the ramp between 680 North and 80 West at the interchange near Austintown.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 21 News that this is a sensitive investigation and they will be working around the clock to locate the suspect.
According to authorities, the suspect is described as a black male in his mid to late 20s, wearing a beanie or having a bald head. He was driving a 2003 to 2005 dark Blue Chevy Trailblazer with dark tinted windows.
Now there is an ODOT traffic camera in the area of 80 and 46. But a spokesperson with ODOT tells me it was not facing in the direction of the incident and even if it was, it was still too far away.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the patrol’s Canfield post at (330) 533-6866 or by dialing #677.