Man dead after scheduled trade via "Offer Up" app goes wrong

Posted at 6:50 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-06 12:45:44-04

A 52-year-old man died after he was shot in the chest and hand on Macomb Avenue Thursday evening.

Cleveland Police say they provided first aid response to Hersham Camel until Emergency Medical Services and Fire arrived. Camel was taken to MetroHealth where he later died.

Camel was in an argument with a suspect in the street, according to officers. Three other suspects were also in the street at the time. One person pulled out a handgun and shot Camel. The suspects stole the Camel's wallet and drove off in his vehicle, according to police.

Police later found the stolen vehicle unoccupied in the 4200 block of East 96th Street.

Neighbors say an unknown silver vehicle was involved and fled the scene. This was later identified as Elaria Camel's vehicle, who was also a victim in this incident. Police say Mr. Camel was trading another vehicle for her.

According to Camel's children, he was communicating with an unknown man over an app called "Offer Up" to trade Elaria's vehicle for another one. The original location was at 851 Vineyard, not Macomb.

The homicide unit and Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office responded to the scene and to the hospital for investigation. The CCMEO will determine final cause of death and the incident is still under investigation.

Police say the four suspects are all black males who were wearing hoodies. Police are also looking for a vehicle with pieces of its bumper missing. The car has a purple cross on the dash and a cross hanging from the rearview mirror. It also has a broken driver side window.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide investigators at 216-623-5464.