Cleveland Police detectives are investigating a shooting that happened Thursday evening outside a convenience store, Garden Valley Food Mart, located at E. 79 and Garden Valley Avenue. The shooting happened around 9 p.m.
Two women were shot inside the store while they were checking out.
Christine McCoy, 24, suffered a gunshot wound to the side of her face. McCoy is currently nine months pregnant. A 28-year-old woman was also found with a gunshot wound to her arm.
Both women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. McCoy is in critical condition, and the condition of her unborn child is unknown.
A store employee, who witnessed the incident says that both women are regular customers at the store.
"She turned around and I hear a gunshot," he said. "There was so much chaos. There's no thinking. The only thing I was thinking of was helping her, that was it."
"I laid her on her back and I put a towel on her bullet wound," he continued.
That store employee handed his surveillance video over to Cleveland Police.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a 28-year-old man and another unidentified man were talking in the parking lot when a gray Ford Focus drove by and the occupants opened fire.
The two men returned fire at the car, which was driving south on E. 79. They then fled the scene, but the 28-year-old man returned when he saw police arrive.
He told police what happened, and provided officers with his weapon and CCW permit. He is being held pending the investigation but he is not charged.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call (216)623-5418.
Christine McCoy's father released the following statement:
I urge the shooter to turn him or herself in. We can't have bullets flying around our streets like this. Incidents like this put innocent lives at risk - like those of my daughter and granddaughter. I forgive whoever did this. I just ask them to do the right thing and turn themselves in.
It's not random. It's often.
"It could have hit the baby as well, thank God she's alive though," said the store employee.
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