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Cleveland police investigating 2 homicides, including a 13-year-old boy shot inside vehicle on West 25th Street

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Posted at 8:03 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 11:15:06-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Division of Police is investigating two homicides that occurred within an hour Monday night. One involved the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood and the second involved the shooting death of a 37-year-old man in Cleveland's Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.

First homicide

Around 5:10 p.m., officers were called to the area of West 65th Street and Lawn Avenue where they found a man inside a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest, police said.

Police administered first aid until EMS arrived.

The 37-year-old man, later identified by the medical examiner as Dontelle Reed, of Cleveland, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he later died from his injuries, according to police.

Preliminary information indicated Reed was inside his vehicle talking to another man outside of the vehicle. During the conversation, the male standing outside the vehicle pulled out a firearm and shot Reed.

Homicide units were called to the scene, police said.

Second homicide

Then, around 6:40 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of West 25th Street near Franklin Avenue in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood.

Once on scene, officers found a 13-year-old boy, later identified by the medical examiner as Ja'Mari Jones, of Cleveland, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he died.

Preliminary information indicated Jones and two other males, an 18-year-old and 16-year-old, were in a vehicle on Loop Drive when they met up with a group who robbed them, police said in the report.

When the three teens drove off, a shot was fired by the unidentified group of alleged robbers. The bullet entered the vehicle's rear windshield, striking Jones in the head.

The teens drove to a nearby restaurant located at 1616 West 25th Street for help and asked a patron to call 911.

The 18-year-old, who was in possession of a firearm, was detained in connection with the shooting but no arrests have been made at this time, according to police.

Police said there are no indications at this time that the shootings are connected. No arrests have been made in either homicide.

Additional information regarding both incidents will be provided as it becomes available, police said.