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Witness in fatal RTA bus shooting on Euclid Avenue says victim and shooter knew each other

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Posted at 9:13 PM, Mar 21, 2022

CLEVELAND — A man was shot and killed on an RTA bus in Cleveland Monday night, according to a spokesperson for the Cleveland Division of Police.

The shooting happened on a HealthLine Bus on Euclid Avenue at East 30th Street.

The shooting happened just outside the News 5 Cleveland newsroom, where gunshots were heard by staff.

Preliminary information released by police on Tuesday afternoon revealed the victim was sitting with his girlfriend towards the back of the bus when a fight broke out.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, said the shooter and the victim knew each other and were in the middle of an argument on the bus that turned into a physical fight.

As the victim walked away, the shooter fired one shot and missed.

After the initial shot was fired, other passengers on the bus panicked and tried to leave the stopped bus.

Seconds later, the witness said the shooter shot at the victim a second time, hitting him in the head.

"I felt angry and I felt there was more I could have done to stop it because it was senseless. And at the end of the day, it wasn't worth a life,” said the witness.

The witness News 5 spoke to said the shooter and his girlfriend ran south on East 30th Street and then headed east on Prospect Avenue.

The man, identified by the medical examiner as David Kittreles, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

According to police records, a 28-year-old Cleveland man was arrested in connection with the deadly shooting after he arrived at South Pointe Hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand.

The shooting remains under investigation, Cleveland police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 216-623-5464. A $5,000 reward is available.

News 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.