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1 person dead, another critically injured after late night shooting on Central Avenue in Cleveland

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Posted at 7:57 AM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-05 14:48:23-04

CLEVELAND — A man was killed and a woman injured after a late night shooting Monday in Cleveland's Central neighborhood, according to the Cleveland Division of Police.

Officers from the Cleveland Division of Police responded at approximately 10:00 p.m. to the area of the 3300 block of Central Avenue for a shooting. Officers were flagged down by a citizen due to shots fired in the area of East 31st Street and Central Avenue.

A 34-year-old male was found in the street with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. He was transported to MetroHealth, where he died, police said.

Officers then located a 50-year-old female with multiple gunshot wounds inside a home in the 3300 block of Central Avenue. The female victim was taken to MetroHealth, where she remains confined with injuries.

Preliminary information indicated that the male and female victims were shot by an unknown male who was firing shots outside of a residence in the 3100 block of Central Avenue.

Police said on scene it was reported two groups may have been shooting at each other, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Delores Gray spoke to News 5 after she heard shots in her neighborhood while watching the news.

“I’m looking out the window and I know that wasn’t firecrackers," she said describing the sound.

She said the shootings in the area are all too common among young people in the neighborhood and is now asking faith leaders to open up their doors to them to see why the violence continues.

“Maybe our pastors can open up their doors to their church and tell people to walk in to find out what’s happening and what’s going on with them because we are going through trauma and stress and we are tired. This pandemic has opened up a whole new world. Something we don’t know how to deal with," Gray said.

A spokesperson for the Cleveland Division of Police said no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide investigators at 216-623-5464. A cash reward of up to $5,000 may be available.

News 5 has reached out to police for additional information.

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