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2 people charged in connection with shooting that killed 2 people inside My Friends Restaurant in Cleveland

Posted at 8:48 AM, Mar 24, 2021

CLEVELAND — Two people have been charged in a shooting that killed a man and a woman at My Friends Restaurant in Cleveland Monday.

Antonio Ortiz, 25, of Cleveland, and Anthony Hunt, 29, of Cleveland have been each charged with one count of aggravated murder, according to court documents.

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The shooting happened just before 4 a.m. at My Friends Restaurant and Deli, on Detroit Road near W. 117th Street.

Four people were shot following an argument that broke out at the establishment. All of the victims were customers, police said. Two of the injured people died.

According to police, once officers arrived on scene they located a woman in her 20s with gunshot wounds to her body. First aid was rendered until EMS arrived and transported her to a nearby hospital, where she later died. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Geongela Rivers, 23, of Euclid.

Both Ortiz and Hunt were injured and hospitalized with gunshot wounds after the shooting.

Officers also located a 27-year-old man, later identified as Keondre Austin, with a gunshot wound to his neck. Aid was rendered and EMS transported him to a nearby hospital, where we was later pronounced dead.

Preliminary information shows that two separate groups of people were seated in the restaurant and a verbal exchange took place between the 27-year-old man and the 25-year-old man. At one point during the argument, the two men who, were arrested, each pulled out guns and began shooting at one another, striking each other and the 27-year-old man and 21-year-old woman.

Court documents alleged Hunt shot Rivers who was later pronounced dead.

Ortiz allegedly shot at Austin who immediately fell to the ground and was pronounced dead, according to court documents.

Ortiz was given a $100,000 cash/surety bond following his arraignment Wednesday.

Hunt, who remains confined at MetroHealth Medical Center, has an arraignment scheduled for March 26. In 2015, Hunt pleaded guilty to attempted, felonious assault, and was sentenced to 3 years in prison at the Lorain Correctional Institution, court records showed.

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