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'We are shocked': Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry reacts to death of resident shot and killed half-mile from the shelter

East 47th and Krause shooting
Posted at 11:10 AM, Jul 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-19 09:29:12-04

CLEVELAND — A resident at a men’s shelter in Downtown Cleveland was shot and killed Sunday, according to the Cleveland Division of Police.

Around 12:10 a.m., officers were called to the area of East 20th Street and Krause Court after receiving a report that a man had been shot.

Officers arrived on scene to find EMS treating a 48-year-old man who had multiple gunshot wounds.

The man, identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office as Wesley Wright, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Homicide investigators were called to the scene and preliminary information indicates Wright may have been shot in the area of East 20th Street and Hamilton Avenue.

The Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry (LLM), which runs the shelter downtown, said Wright was a resident at the shelter downtown.

In a statement, LLM said it’s working with police to support the investigation and is added by the news of his death.

We are shocked and saddened by this tragic incident. The board and staff of LMM send our deepest condolences to the Wright Family during what we know is a very difficult time. Mr. Wright was a resident of 2100 Lakeside who sought refuge from his experience with homelessness and was a valued member of our community.

The health and safety of the residents of 2100 is our top priority. The death of Mr. Wright occurred off-site, approximately a half-mile away from the shelter. While LMM staff is not able to have a security presence on the streets, we are committed to providing a stable location for men experiencing homelessness to have shelter, food and support services.

The Men’s Shelter has many security protocols in place to ensure the safety of our residents. The shelter is monitored closely by surveillance and a trained monitoring staff. We also contact CPD whenever situations occur that require law enforcement.

Upon entry to the shelter, all residents are required to leave items that are deemed unsafe in an amnesty box. Although this incident did not occur at the shelter, LMM acknowledges that the death of a resident is troubling and of great concern.

In honor of Mr. Wright, we invite you to join us for a vigil this week. More details on the vigil will be shared as soon as available. LMM will also make available grief support to all shelter residents and the staff at 2100.

No arrests have been made at this time and the incident remains under investigation.