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MANSFIELD -- A Mansfield man was shot and police recovered four handguns and arrested two juveniles during a six-hour series of calls Thursday night and into Friday morning.

According to Mansfield police Capt. Shari Robertson, authorities received three calls involving "shots fired," one of which resulted in a resident suffering multiple, non-life threatening injuries.

"One of the calls and the rapid police response resulted in the recovery of four handguns, one of which was found to be stolen, as well as charges against two juvenile males," Robertson said.

The two juveniles were incarcerated at the Richland County Detention Center on felony weapons possession charges, Robertson said.

"This type of gun violence is absolutely unacceptable and it is imperative that those who may have information that may be helpful to investigators, to reach out and help us apprehend those responsible," Robertson said.

Police responded to a "shots fired" call at 9:12 p.m. to 285 Cline Ave. in the Chelsea Square Apartments, finding about 30 shell casings in the driveway area.

A short time later, a call was received from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital that a gunshot victim had drove himself to the hospital and was being treated for his injuries. Officers contacted the victim, Bakari Young, 23, at the hospital emergency room, where he was being treated.

Young told officers he had gone to the apartments to drop off food to a family member and was shot at in the driveway area. Young said he didn't know who shot at him and refused to provide any additional information to officers.

"During the course of the investigation, officers spoke to witnesses at the scene, who refused to provide statements to officers. The vehicle the victim was driving when he was shot was seized for evidence at the hospital as it had approximately a dozen bullet holes in it. It is unknown what led up to the shooting or how many shooters were involved. No other details are being released at this time as detectives continue to investigate," police said.

About two hours earlier, police responded to a "shots fired" incident in the 700 block of Burns Street. A witness described several young males, dressed in black clothing, shooting at each other prior to police arrival. The witness further advised all the shooters left in two dark-colored vehicles.

No injuries were reported from the incident and numerous shell casings were collected. Police said detectives are working to see if the two incidents are related.

Around 12:35 a.m., officers on patrol heard numerous shots fired coming from the area of West 1st and Mulberry streets, west of their location. Officers immediately responded to the area and saw several subjects running west through backyards.

Additional officers arriving in the area found two subjects in a yard on Blymyer Avenue and took them into custody without incident. Police found four handguns, one of which was reportedly stolen, when searching the area where the shots were reported and from where the juveniles reportedly fled.

The two subjects, both male juveniles, admitted to being in possession of a handgun and were subsequently charged.

Anyone with information regarding these cases can contact Det. Dave Scheurer at 419-755-9748 or Det. Richard Clapp at 419-755-9470.

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