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AKRON, Ohio – Two people, including a 4-year-old girl, died Friday after shots were fired into a large crowd during a celebratory gathering in Ohio, authorities said.

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Journei Tolbert, 4, of Akron, and Johnny L. Gaiter, 40, of Akron, died at different hospitals in the city after the shooting, which occurred at about 9:15 p.m. EDT in a parking lot in the Summit Lake neighborhood, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The deaths come a week after video camera footage was released in the shooting death of Jayland Walker, who was killed by Akron police on June 27. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron police Chief Steve Mylett have asked people protesting Walker’s death to “stand down” for at least 48 hours while the department investigates Friday night’s shooting, the Beacon Journal reported.

“I talked to the mom and grandmother. There’s a heartbreak in the city,” Horrigan said during a news conference. “And talking about the level of tension that is out there. A number of pastors talked about de-escalation and looking for nonviolent justice and peace. People have a right to protest, and they’ve shown up at my house. I don’t like it but they have a right to be there.

“We need to drop the temperature a little bit in the community, because it’s hurting.”

The shooting did not occur near any of the protests taking place Friday night, WKYC-TV reported. Police said the shooting was not connected to the demonstrations.

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According to a police spokesperson, people had gathered in a parking lot when “one or more unknown suspects” began shooting into the crowd, WOIO-TV reported.

“When (police) got to the scene they found a 4-year-old little girl with severe head trauma,” Mylett told reporters. “We were able to get her to Children’s Hospital quickly but she succumbed to her injuries.”

Gaiter died Saturday morning, WKYC reported.

Police said the circumstances of the shooting, as well as a motive, are unclear, the television station reported.

Akron police Lt. Michael A. Miller said the investigation is in its early stages and detectives are working to gather additional information, WJW-TV reported.