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Cleveland police looking for 2 persons of interest connected to My Friends Restaurant fatal shooting

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Posted at 2:08 PM, Mar 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-23 14:08:42-04

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify two individuals who are persons of interest connected to a deadly shooting that happened at My Friends Restaurant on Monday.

The shooting happened just before 4 a.m. at My Friends Restaurant and Deli, on Detroit Road near W. 117th Street.

Four people were shot following an argument that broke out at the establishment. All of the victims were customers, police said. Two of the injured people died.

According to police, once officers arrived on scene they located a woman in her 20s with gunshot wounds to her body. First aid was rendered until EMS arrived and transported her to a nearby hospital, where she later died. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Geongela Rivers, 23, of Euclid.

Officers also located a 27-year-old man, later identified as Keondre Austin, with a gunshot wound to his neck. Aid was rendered and EMS transported him to a nearby hospital, where we was later pronounced dead.

The two injured individuals, a 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, were arrested and taken to nearby hospitals for gunshot wounds. The 29-year-old man was was found in the kitchen area of the restaurant with gunshot wounds to the arm, leg and face.

Preliminary information shows that two separate groups of people were seated in the restaurant and a verbal exchange took place between the 27-year-old man and the 25-year-old man. At one point during the argument, the two men who, were arrested, each pulled out guns and began shooting at one another, striking each other and the 27-year-old man and 21-year-old woman.

Anyone with information about the persons of interest or the shooting is asked to call police detectives at 216-623-5464 or CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

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