CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Police Department is investigating 8 homicides that happened between Thursday and Saturday, including the death of an 83-year-old woman and the CMHA officer-involved shooting of a 19-year-old man.
"We've got a big problem. When you have a higher per capita homicide rate than the Chicago based on population, something is terribly wrong here," said Ward 8 Cleveland City Council member Mike Polensek.
Thursday - 18-year-old man
Cleveland police responded to a shooting in the 2800 block of Sideaway Avenue on Nov. 8. The victim, identified as Anzaiyeh Brooks, 18, of Cleveland, was later pronounced dead at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center on Nov. 12.
Friday - Police-involved shooting of 19-year-old man
Police are investigating a suspected police-involved homicide in the 6200 block of Haltnorth Walk. The victim, identified as Arthur Keith, 19, was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where he died on Nov. 13.
Friday - 28-year-old man
Another shooting happened Friday in the 7600 block of Colgate Avenue just before 4:30 p.m.
Authorities said it appears the man, later identified as Mason Davis, 28, of Cleveland, was sitting inside a car when he was shot. After being struck, the man was pushed out of the car and the vehicle fled the scene.
Saturday - 40-year-old man
At around 12:45 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to the 1500 block of Ansel Road, for a man shot.
When officers arrived, they found two men in an apartment who had been shot. A 40-year-old man, later identified as Omar Crosby, of Cleveland, who had been struck in the chest, was later pronounced dead, police said. The second victim, a 43-year-old, was taken to a nearby hospital for a laceration on his head. It's not clear how the second man was injured.
A preliminary investigation indicates that the two men had been inside the apartment partying with women and children when an unknown persons forced their way inside the home and shots were fired.
Saturday - 63-year-old man
This homicide happened at about 9 a.m. in the 3400 block of East 134th Street. Upon arrival, officers found a 63-year-old man, later identified as Anthony Lance, of Parma, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Lance was transported to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead, authorities said.
Witnesses told officers at the scene that a man got out of a blue car, walked up to the victim and shot him. The man then got back in his car and drove off, police said.
Saturday - 31-year-old man
The next homicide took place about two hours later in the 3100 block of East 93rd Street. Authorities say the victim, a 31-year-old man, later identified as Caleb Brown, of Cleveland, was fatally shot in the parking of a grocery store.
Brown was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said.
No suspects have been announced.
Saturday - 83-year-old woman
An 83-year-old woman was found dead Saturday morning in her home in the 9300 block of Manor Avenue from an apparent gunshot.
The woman has been identified as Katie Brown, according to the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office. " Everybody on the street called her grandma, the whole street," said Brown's neighbor Ylanda Jones.
Authorities said the woman was found by family members. Police said they found multiple bullet “defects” on the house and it appears she was shot by someone outside her home.
Sunday - 28-year-old man
A 28-year-old man was found dead on Sunday on East 112th Street, near the intersection of Superior Avenue in Cleveland. Officers located the victim in the street with multiple gunshots wounds to his head and body. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified him as Quintin Phillips, 28, of Cleveland.
Preliminary information indicates Phillips and his friend were involved in an altercation outside of a bar with a group of males wherein one of the males pulled out a gun and shot the victim repeatedly.
"These gangbangers, these shooters, they don't care. The bullet has no name on it. The bullets are flying on the streets like the wild west," said Polensek.
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