Police investigate second flare gun shooting


A teenager told police he was shot in the face with a flare gun Tuesday night as he was walking along Walker Street in Toledo.

This is the second flare incident since Sunday, when a woman told officers she was shot in the face with a flare gun after six men jumped into her car while she was at a gas station, and ordered her to drive them to another location, according to Toledo Police Department records.

The teen, 16-year-old Anthony Turner, was walking with two other individuals, according to police records, when two unknown males approached him, one on foot and the other on a bike. One of the suspects produced an orange flare gun and shot the teen in the face, causing injuries.

His mother took him to a hospital, records show. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

On Sunday, 36-year-old Deborah Price told officers that she had just pulled into the gas station at Cherry and Bancroft streets about 4 a.m. Sunday when six young males jumped into her car, police records show.

She told officers she drove the suspects to a location near Page and Kent streets, records show. The suspects didn’t attempt to steal anything. As the suspects were getting out of the car, she told officers, one of them pointed a flare gun at her and shot her in the face.

She was able to drive herself to a hospital, according to police records. Her facial injuries were severe but did not appear to be life-threatening.

Lt. Kevan Toney, spokesman for the Toledo Police Department, said detectives are investigating whether the two incidents are related. Police have no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stopper program at 419-255-1111.

Contact Kate Snyder at ksnyder@theblade.com, 419-724-6282, or on Twitter @KL_Snyder.