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RTA bus shooting on Lorain Avenue puts RTA driver in hospital, two suspects arrested, third at large

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Mar 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 14:05:30-04

A bus shooting on Lorain Avenue put one RTA bus driver with minor injuries in the hospital.

At approximately 3:50 a.m., the Lorain 22 bus heading eastbound on Lorain Avenue and West 44th Street stopped at a red light. A 4-door sedan pulled up to the left side of the bus and the passenger began shooting at the bus.

Out of the three suspects involved, two male suspects turned themselves into police.

The bus driver suffered minor injuries from broken glass and was taken to Metro Health Medical Center.  The other passengers on the bus declined medical attention.

An RTA supervisor arrived on the scene and was able to access the surveillance cameras on the bus, which showed a silver Saab 4-door sedan with a sunroof pulling up to the left side of the bus. The video revealed a total of seven shots fired from the stopped vehicle.

Suspect one, Demonte Cummings, 23, turned himself in at the second district police station on Sunday. While being questioned by police, Shaquille Lay, 22, identified as suspect two, called Cummings. An officer present recorded part of the conversation and Lay can be heard telling Cummings "I won't let you go down, I'll tell them it was me."

Cummings told detectives that he was at a party in Solon where he met up with his brother, Raylon Etheridge, 22, who is the third suspect involved in the shooting. Both Etheridge and Lay became intoxicated so Cummings offered to drive them home. On the way home, Etheridge pulled out a gun and set it his in lap, but fell asleep. When the suspects stopped at W. 44th and Lorain Avenue, Cummings shook Etheridge to wake up and put the gun away. When he woke up, he started shooting at the bus and pointed the gun back at Cummings and told him to drive away.

Both Cummings and Lay turned themselves into Cleveland police. The third suspect, Etheridge, has not turned himself in yet. The incident remains under investigation.