Victim shot, killed in Saturday morning argument

Posted at 4:56 PM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 08:09:12-04

An argument between friends turned deadly early Saturday morning, according to a Cleveland police spokesperson.

At about 12:20 a.m. on April 16, police responded to the 600 block of East 99th Street for shots fired. Upon arrival officers located the victim laying in a driveway with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim, identified as 22-year-old Dontez Hopper, was taken to University Hospital and later succumbed to his wounds, police said.

An investigation into the shooting revealed the victim and the shooter, later identified as Jerome J. Bell, were friends who were involved in a verbal argument. During the argument, Bell allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot the victim and then left the scene, police said.

The prosecutor’s office has issued a warrant for aggravated murder against Bell.