Home riddled with bullets on city's east side

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - One shot after another rang out, each one hitting a house on the city's east side.

Jermaine Blackwell was sitting inside as the bullets riddled his home.

"They shot at my house," he said. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14."

None of the .40 caliber bullets hit Blackwell as he was watching TV and waiting for his family to come home to their Caine Avenue house around 11:30 Saturday night.

"Why, I don't know. I didn't do anything to anybody," he said. "I go to work every day, trying to take care of my family."

Blackwell has a 2-year-old daughter, a 3-year-old son and a pregnant wife. The shooting rocked his sense of peace and calm.

"If I had my shirt on or anything like that, things might have gotten ugly," Blackwell said. "They tried to take my life and I have no idea what this is about. None whatsoever, I don't know if they're coming after my son -- I don't know."

Blackwell says his 18-year-old son doesn't live with him.

Blackwell just turned 43 last month.

When bullets started to fly, they hit the wall, went through the couch, and hit the ceiling.

"He was shooting so much that the flames from the gun looked like a headlight," Blackwell said. "I'm hoping they're watching ... for the guy who did this, listen! Stay away from my family and stay away from my home. I have a lot of police, friends. I have a lot of friends, period. I, myself, am not about to accept somebody shooting 14 times in front of my house. That ain't right. That ain't cool."

Blackwell says he's heard a couple of names of gang members in the neighborhood that may be involved in the shooting, but he doesn't know for sure who shot up his house.

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