Police identify three possibly responsible for deadly East Cleveland bar shooting

Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 20:19:56-05

East Cleveland police have identified three men who they think are responsible for an early Wednesday morning deadly shooting at a city bar.

Marvin Christopher Bryant, 19, Deaundre Smith, 19, and Tony Ricks, 21, are wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a man at Club Dew Drop, chief Michael Cardilli said. 

Out of the three men, East Cleveland Police Chief said Bryant has been arrested and is in custody. Police said they were in contact with Bryant hours before he was taken into custody at an unknown location.

East Cleveland Police Chief Michael Cardilli was in communication with Bryant through his family, who vowed to bring Bryant in safely.

"We had several teams out knocking on doors trying to locate these males and we made contact with some family members, they agreed to help us bring him in safely and that mission has been accomplished," said Cardilli.

Police are hoping Bryant will lead them to the other two suspects, Smith and Ricks.

"We're hoping that with the public's help and family members like that that caring and don't want to put anyone else at risk, hopefully, somebody will come forward and help us find these people," Cardilli said.

Caught in the crossfire was 20-year-old Eric Howard of South Euclid.

The shooting also injured four other men. Three of the men are in critical condition.

Cardilli said the shooting appears to be gang-related. 

At the time of the shooting, the club's parking lot was full of people. Witnesses have assisted police in their investigation.