CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Violent crime rates usually spike in the summer, but already, Northeast Ohioans are beleaguered by murder.
Two cases in point.
A 16 year-old killed on the west side on Wednesday.
A picture of Andre Bello shows him alive and well.
Yesterday, he and six other teens were joy riding in this blue, stolen Escalade along west 100th and Loretta when someone opened fired on the vehicle.
Bello returned fire but was hit in his shoulder.
Crime, including murder, happens anywhere and at anytime.
No place is immune.
But, it’s hard to ignore the two killings that rocked families on both sides of town.
Sixteen-year-old Andre Bello’s mother spoke with me on the phone about her son’s life and his death at such a young age.
“He made wrong choices in life, but he was a good kid. I’m numb. I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. I’m hurt, torn. I feel lost. Do you have any idea who did this to him or why they did this to him? I’m hearing it’s over a car. I’m not sure. We’re hearing the SUV or truck he was in was stolen. So, somebody may have been trying to get to him from that. That’s right," Bello’s mother said.
Warnell Howze watched Andre grow up. He was emotionally rocked when he heard the news. It brought back painful, personal memories for him.
“One of my friends called me and told me Little Dre got killed over there. I’m like not an other one. Because my son had got killed two years ago. I’m like we’re burying our kids now. It’s crazy," Howze said.
Police are still looking for the person who opened fire on the vehicle.
Bello was the only one hit when the gunfire erupted.
Around 4 p.m. Wednesday a father and grandfather were shot in his chest and abdomen. He fell, fatally wounded.
“I called 9-1-1. Ambulance took a long time to get here, about 25-minutes.”
Gene Turner, 46, pictured with one of his daughters, was shot and killed Wednesday on East 177 and Glesin near Harvard.
Mike Sims, who says he grew up with Turner says he was a “good dude.”
He also made a shocking allegation.
“He was alive for a while. He was breathing... everything because I was shaking him. So, the ambulance killed him you ask me.”
Time seems to stand still when one is in crisis mode.
That may account for how long it seems to have taken for the ambulance to arrive. 19 News has requested the time-line from the 9-1-1 call made until EMS arrived.
Mike Sims is adamant, it took too long.
“Twenty-five minutes and you’re sure it took that long or did it just seem like it. Man it was a log time. It was a real long time,” Sims said.
According to his daughter, Turner leaves behind 2 boys and 3 girls and a grandson.
She said in email to Cleveland 19 News quote: “My dad was a very nice, loving and charming man that was loved by many. I never expected my father to be murdered. I just hung up with him at 3:30 p.m. and he was pronounced dead at 4:31 p.m. I love you daddy. Rest in Peace in heaven.”
Turner fell in the street close to his 84-year-old uncle Almus’ house.
“I really didn’t realize it til the detective came back and told me. When I realize it was him I still couldn’t believe it.”
Police are still looking for who shot an killed Gene Turner. As always, they say if you know anything about either crime give them a call.