South Park shooting

An 18-year-old Mansfield man has been charged with felonious assault in connection with the shooting of two other Mansfield men near South Park on June 24.

MANSFIELD -- An 18-year-old Mansfield man has been charged with felonious assault for allegedly shooting two other Mansfield men near South Park on June 24, according to Mansfield police.

Khiren J. Willis of 210 E. Second St. turned himself in Tuesday at the Richland County Jail, police said, where he was served with warrants for his arrest.

Khiren Willis

Kihren J. Willis

Willis is also charged with assault, drug abuse and operating a motor vehicle under suspension, according to Mansfield Municipal Court records.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the felonious assault charge, a first-degree felony, on July 25. Mansfield defense attorney James Mayer III has been appointed to represent Willis.

Police said the two victim were stopped in their car in the middle of Brinkerhoff Avenue with their flashers on, facing south, near the park. A dark colored SUV traveling southbound then pulled alongside their vehicle, on the passenger side, in the southbound lane.

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Shortly after, gunshots were heard and the suspect vehicle (a dark colored SUV) fled southbound on Brinkerhoff, towards Maple Street, police said.

Robertson said police responded to the scene on a report of "shots fired." While enroute, officers were told two men were at a local hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.

Neither victim suffered life-threatening wounds and were treated at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

The shooting is one of several in the city thus far in 2019, prompting a special meeting of the Mansfield City council public safety committee meeting on Wednesday evening.

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