CLEVELAND — One person was killed and 17 others were injured in a shooting late Saturday night in Cleveland.
“I look out the window and there’s women running down the street screaming and crying and running low,” Jeffrey Mills said. “And one lady said ‘I left my keys!’ They’re all just running in a panic.”
Nearby surveillance footage obtained exclusively by News 5 captured dozens of people scrambling to safety minutes after the deadly shootout.
“It was horrific. There were people on the ground,” Mills said. “There was someone in the doorway that was I’m sure being trampled.”
The incident happened near East 93rd Street and Way Avenue in Cleveland’s Union-Miles Park neighborhood.
According to investigators, a preliminary investigation indicated that the shooting involved multiple organized motorcycle groups.
An anniversary party at the unmarked warehouse was hosted by the Omens Motorcycle Club, and members of other local and national motorcycle clubs including the Zulus and Wheels of Soul were in attendance.
Police believe a fight broke out and several people were ejected from the party. The argument resulted in shots fired.
The Cleveland Division of Police confirmed 48-year-old Andre Lee Dickson was killed in the shooting.
Dickson’s cousin described him as a “big teddy bear.”
“He was a good guy. He would give the shirt off his back if you asked,” Leroy Carter said. “He was there for you if you needed him.”
LaRick Calhoun, Dickson’s childhood friend, shared his grief Sunday.
“I can’t understand how out of 18 people, the only person that died is probably the most gleeful person and the most positive person that I know,” Calhoun said.
Monte Madden is a retired member of the Omens Motorcycle Club, the organization which hosted the party, and said Saturday’s deadly shooting is not a reflection of the group’s values.
“We are not rebels or gangsters and outlaws and all of that,” Madden said. “The Omens, for generations, have been for the public.”
Following the fatal shootout, Councilman Kevin Bishop said he plans to meet with law enforcement officers and a handful of organized motorcycle groups to discuss concerns about retaliation.
“We want to try to talk this thing out,” Bishop said. “We don’t want any more bloodshed here in our streets.”
Residents in the Union Miles neighborhood said they’re fed up with senseless violence in the community.
“Don’t bring your gun to the party,” Mills said. “If you’re going to drink a little Hennessy, leave your gun at home.”
Police believe many witnesses may have left the scene prior to being interviewed. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact homicide detectives at 216-623-5464.