Canton, Ohio – A man is dead after attacking a couple sleeping in the bedroom of their home located in the 2600 block of 2nd St. NW.
The victims told responding officers they were awakened at around 2 a.m. early Monday morning by two masked men with guns. The intruders were beating them with their weapons, one armed with a pistol and the other a rifle.
At some point during the attack, the suspects left the room and went down the stairs to search of things to steal, providing the homeowner with the opportunity to get his own pistol. He ambushed the men when they came back into the room and opened fire.
24-year-old Nicholas A. Hug was struck multiple times by the gunfire while his unknown accomplice quickly vacated the scene, leaving him behind.
Hug was able to make it outside to a waiting silver Cadillac driven by “an unidentified third party,” according to the police statement about the shooting.
The get-away car dropped Hug off at Aultman Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m.
Officers received notification of Hug’s injuries and were able to link him to the home invasion.
The victim told detectives his home had been broken into a week before the shooting, but Canton Police Department Capt. Dave Davis says it is unknown at this time if the two events are connected.
Capt. Davis went on to say that the investigation is ongoing as investigators review footage from private security cameras from neighboring homes, but was able to confirm that the victims and the masked gun men did not know each other previously.
Police are still looking for Hug’s accomplices and anyone with information is asked to call (330)489-3144 to assist in the search.
According to Stark County records, Hug had a criminal record. In 2015 he was convicted for carrying an unlicensed concealed weapon, driving with a suspended license, failure to comply, two felony counts of obstruction, and 3 counts of receiving stolen property.
He went to prison once again last year and was recently released for improperly handling weapons in a motor vehicle, having weapons under disability, and obstruction.
Anyone with a tip about the events which unfolded can do so by texting the word “canton” then the information to 847411, or by leaving it online at http://cantonohio.gov/police/.
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What else might have been done to help deter this attack, or slow down the home invaders?