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Bullet pierces window of long-time neighborhood florist in Euclid

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 17:16:27-04

Euclid police are investigating after a single bullet was shot through the front window of a long-time neighborhood flower shop.

Tuthill’s Florist has been on the corner of E. 185th St. and Naumann for more than a century. It’s changed ownership a couple times, in the hands of Curtis Gast’s family for the last 35 years.

“It’s a big deal, and it’s very concerning,” Gast said. The bullet was discovered by a worker while sweeping. It left holes in both panes of glass. Gast said it will cost nearly a thousand dollars to replace. He is also planning to add security cameras.

"I really don’t want to move," Gast said. "I'd like to stay, but I don’t want to see bars on the windows, invest in bulletproof glass, cameras, armed security having to guard my carnations."

The shooting happened when the shop was closed, and no one was injured.

But the "what if’s" keep running through Gast’s head.

“I mean, it makes you a little nervous. Like why, and who, and what was the point? Was it random or was it a bad rose?” Gast said.

Euclid police said the flower shop shooting does not appear to be connected to a string of BB gun shootings reported this week. Several teenagers were arrested in the BB gun cases Thursday evening, police said.