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Cleveland police investigating 5 shootings in span of 3 hours as holiday weekend turns violent

Sixth shooting witnessed by off-duty police officer
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Posted at 12:29 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 12:29:50-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are investigating after five shootings were reported throughout the city in a span of three hours early Saturday morning and a sixth shooting was witnessed by an off-duty officer who tried to intervene in an altercation Friday evening.

The first shooting in the three-hour span occurred around 1:35 a.m. A man was transported by private vehicle to South Pointe Hospital after he was shot in the hand and the side of the head. Police did not provide any additional details regarding the shooting.

Less than 30 minutes later, around 1:50 a.m., police received a report of a shooting in the area of West 46th Street and Clark Avenue after a man had been shot in the thigh. The man was transported by private vehicle to MetroHealth Hospital, according to police.

At 2:24 a.m., officers received a third report of a shooting, this time in the area of East 93rd Street and Miles Avenue. A woman had been shot in the leg and was taken by private vehicle to Marymount Hospital, police said.

Police later received a report that a man had been shot around 2:59 a.m., and was taken to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center by private vehicle. No additional details were provided by police.

Around 4:30 a.m., police received a report that a man had been shot in the 3600 block of East 59th Street. The man, in his 30s, had been shot twice in the stomach. EMS transported the man to MetroHealth Hospital, police said.

A sixth shooting occurred Friday evening, outside of the rash of shootings early Saturday morning, where an off-duty police officer tried to intervene in a situation that led to a shooting.

Around 6 p.m., officers responded to the area of West 38th Street and Newark Avenue after receiving a report that a man had been shot and an off-duty Cleveland police officer needed assistance.

On the scene, officers learned that a 44-year-old man and a 22-year-old man had been in an altercation when the off-duty officer tried to intervene. The 22-year-old then shot the 44-year-old in the foot. The off-duty officer fired a shot at the 22-year-old but did not hit him, police said.

The 22-year-old fled the scene on foot but was arrested by detectives soon after, according to police.

The 44-year-old man was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated and released, police said.

Members of the Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team responded to the scene, per protocol.

The incidents all remain under investigation.