CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating as a rash of gun violence across the city over the holiday weekend left three people dead and at least 20 others injured.
Between 8 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, Cleveland police responded to 14 separate shootings, three of which are now being investigated as homicides as the victims died from their injuries.
A man was transported to Cleveland Clinic by private vehicle after he was shot in the arm in the 1100 block of East 148th Street, police said.
Officers responded to the area of 139th Street and Harvard Avenue where they found an 8-year-old girl who had been shot in the arm. The girl was traveling in the backseat of a vehicle when it was fired upon. Her mother was grazed in the leg by a bullet but was not taken to a hospital, according to police.
The girl was transported to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in stable condition.
On the other side of the city, officers respond to the 3800 block of West 152nd Street for a report that two men had been shot.
A 58-year-old man and a 57-year-old man were transported to nearby hospitals, both in critical condition, EMS said. The 57-year-old suffered from a gunshot wound to his chest and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The other man also suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and remains at MetroHealth Medical Center. A 57-year-old woman was also injured after she was pistol-whipped in the eye, according to police.
Police said a 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody after he fought with the officers and bit them. During the investigation, police learned that the individuals were all attending a Fourth of July party at a home when the 23-year-old man began arguing with the 57-year-old man, pulled a gun from his waistband and shot him before shooting the other man and striking the woman at the home.
Cleveland police began another homicide investigation around 11 p.m. near the city’s Union–Miles Park neighborhood.
Officers responded to the area of Nelson Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard after receiving a report of a man down on the sidewalk.
Once on scene, officers found a 47-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
During the initial investigation, police learned that the man may have been involved in an altercation with other individuals before the shooting.
Police have not made any arrests and the shooting remains under investigation.
A 37-year-old man was transported by private vehicle to MetroHealth Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the knee. Police said the shooting occurred in the area of West 130th Street and Bellaire Road near the city’s Bellaire-Puritas neighborhood.
Around the same time, a 29-year-old man was transported by private vehicle to Lutheran Hospital with gunshot wounds to the foot and shoulder, according to police.
A 24-year-old man was transported to Fairview General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police said the shooting occurred in the area of West 65th Street and Denison Avenue in the city’s Stockyards neighborhood.
Around the same time, just north of the shooting in the Stockyards neighborhood, a 23-year-old man was shot in the chest in the city’s Cudell neighborhood. The shooting occurred in the area of Madison Avenue and West 91st Street. The man was transported by private vehicle to MetroHealth Medical Center, police said.
Police responded to Secrets Gentleman’s Club on Brookpark Road for a report that two people had been shot. Once on scene officers found a 30-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the back. EMS transported the man to MetroHealth Medical Center. A 29-year-old man who had been shot in the thigh was transported to the hospital by private vehicle, according to police.
Across the city around the same time, a man was shot in the thigh in the area of East 116th Street and Kinsman Road. He was transported by private vehicle to University Hospitals, police said.
Police began a homicide investigation around 3 a.m. in Cleveland’s Woodland Hills neighborhood after a man in his 50s was shot multiple times. Officers responded to the area of East 106th Street and Shaker Boulevard where they found the man with multiple gunshot wounds. EMS transported the man to University Hospitals where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
A 54-year-old woman was transported to Marymount Hospital with a gunshot wound to her hip. The shooting occurred in the 4100 block of East 139th Street, police said.
Three females were shot in Cleveland’s South Collinwood neighborhood around 5 a.m. A 17-year-old was grazed by a bullet in her chest area, an 18-year-old was shot in the leg and a 22-year-old was shot in the chest and the leg. All three were transported to University Hospitals by private vehicle police said.
Around the same time, three males were shot in the area of Fullerton Avenue and Fleet Avenue. A 26-year-old was shot in the arm, a 15-year-old was shot in the arm and a 17-year-old was shot in the should errand the thigh. All three were transported to MetroHealth Medical Center by private vehicle, according to police.
The shootings Saturday evening and early Sunday morning are a continuation in a surge of gun violence across the city this weekend.
Early Saturday morning, police began investigating five separate shootings over a span of three hours.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Director Of Public Safety Karrie Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams issued the following statement regarding the holiday weekend violence across the city:
Gun violence and violent crime is on the rise. This holiday weekend specifically, the city of Cleveland has seen a large number of incidents involving shootings and tragically, three people killed. There is no excuse for this violent activity and police are actively pursuing the perpetrators. We remind citizens to do their part. If you see something, say something. Anyone with crime tips is asked to call police. Anonymous information can be provided via crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.