Bullets barely miss baby, shooting causes Cleveland school to go on lockdown Thursday

Bullets barely miss baby, shooting causes Cleveland school to go on lockdown Thursday

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Bullets just barely missed a baby in the backseat of a car Thursday.

Bullets barely miss baby, shooting causes Cleveland school to go on lockdown Thursday

Now, police are looking for the person who shot the driver.

A family member told Cleveland 19 the victim is the child’s aunt.

She was dropping her niece off when the shooting happened.

Mario Zeleniakas got up from the couch to check on his neighbors just before noon Thursday.

“I hear pow pow pow! And I was thinking, ‘Wow, that sounds pretty close,’ ” he said. "I opened my door and looked, and I see this lady on the ground with her doors open.

He said she was crying, and had been shot in the shoulder.

Zeleniakas was on the phone with 911, when he realized bullets barely missed the 8-month-old child in the car.

“The baby was in the backseat, and she was in the front,” he said.

Police say it all happened in front of a house on Clearaire Street.

Making matters worse, dozens of other kids were feet away, at the school just across the street.

A spokesperson for Hannah Gibbons school said it went on lockdown as police searched for the shooter.

Zeleniakas said it’s just so sad that so many kids were so close.

“Oh it is, especially a little baby. That’s what scared me,” he said.

At last check, the suspect is still on the loose.

The family member we talked to said the victim is still in the hospital, but she didn’t know anything else about her condition.

The baby appears to be unharmed.

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