CLEVELAND — A 23-year-old man was shot outside a party center and later died at the hospital early Sunday morning, according to a spokesperson for the Cleveland Police Department.
At around 2 a.m., officers responded to a plaza center, located at 3224 East 93rd Street, for a male shot.
A 23-year-old man was found nearby in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. While officers administered first aid to him, they heard shots fired from the area of the party center.
Preliminary information indicated a fight broke out inside the party center during an after-hours party, police said.
The crowd was pushed outside into the parking lot where fighting continued. It was at this time the 23-year-old victim started fighting with another male, police said.
Police said a security guard attempted to break up the fight by drawing his gun.
Shots were fired — police didn’t specify who fired the shots — and the 23-year-old victim, later identified by the medical examiner as Maurice Patterson, 23, of Cleveland, was shot multiple times. After officers administered first aid, he was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.
Another shooting victim, identified as a 40-year-old man, was working the door at the after-hours party. He was hit by gunfire in the parking lot by an unknown person. The 40-year-old victim was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the groin and stomach. His condition is unknown at this time.
Multiple firearms were confiscated, police said. The shooting remains under investigation.
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