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2 boys, ages 12 and 13, detained in connection with fatal shooting of 14-year-old in Maple Heights

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Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-04 15:03:37-04

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — Maple Heights police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy that happened around 3:45 p.m. on Monday outside a store. On Tuesday, two juvenile males aged 12 and 13 were detained in connection with the homicide, police said.

When police arrived at the scene Monday, they found the boy, later identified by the medical examiner as Sha'shawn Anderson, of Maple Heights, on the ground with a gunshot wound to his lower back, according to a news release from Maple Heights police.

Anderson was transported to Metro Hospital where he later died.

According to police, witnesses said they saw multiple juvenile males fleeing from the scene. With the help of witnesses, police were able to locate several juvenile males inside a nearby residence who were detained while further investigation was completed, police said.

On Tuesday, two juvenile males ages 12 and 13 were taken to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center in connection with the homicide. Police said charges are forthcoming.

The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information should call Maple Heights police.

Charlie Keenan, superintendent of Maple Heights City School District, released the following statement:

"This morning, our community learned of the loss of one of our middle school students Sha'Shawn Anderson. Our counseling team has put a plan into place to provide support throughout the week to our students, staff, and families. Out of respect for the family and because this is an ongoing police matter, the District can not speak on this or what may or may not be a part of this matter. At this time, we ask that you keep Sha'Shawn's family in your thoughts and prayers."

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