Argument outside Cleveland nightclub resulted in shooting death of woman on city's east side

CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office released the name of woman found shot to death overnight near a store on the city's east side.

At around 2:05 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a report of a woman shot near a convenient store located in the 2900 block of E. 116th Street, according to police.

When crews arrived, the 41-year-old victim, Crystal Pinkins, suffered a gunshot wound to the head, police said. Pinkins died at the scene.

Police said the preliminary investigation reveals that the victim was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with two women outside of the VIP Lounge nightclub on E. 93rd Street and Mt. Auburn Avenue, when she became involved in a verbal argument with two males.

During the argument one of the males went to a vehicle, returned with a handgun and shot Pinkins.

The driver of the vehicle, with the victim inside, then drove off and called police for help.

Police said the shooting victim was located a short time later at E. 116th Street and Forest Avenue, near a convenient store.

Officers said witnesses complied with suspect and vehicle descriptions, which were broadcasted over police scanners.

The wanted suspects were later observed in a vehicle, fitting the broadcasted description, by an off duty Cleveland police officer in the area of E. 89th Street and Buckeye Road.

The information was relayed to on-duty officers. Police was able to track the suspected vehicle to the area of W. 5th Street and Marquardt Avenue, where the two male suspects were taken into custody.

Police said they are awaiting charges.

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