Arrest made in death of 6-year-old Cleveland girl who was shot while sleeping

Police call it no random shooting.

Arrest made in death of 6-year-old Cleveland girl who was shot while sleeping

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Local and federal investigators announced an arrest in the shooting death of a 6-year-old girl.

“There was information developed here in Northern Ohio by investigators that placed him in that residence in Tennessee. We moved quickly, and again, he was found hiding in an attic area,” is how U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott summed up his agency’s involvement in the arrest of 21-year-old Raysean Howard for the death of 6-year-old Lyric Lawson.

In the weeks since the shooting of Lawson, the usual investigative methods were used, tracing bullets, learning that they came from a semiautomatic rifle; a weapon that has not been recovered.

But something was different here. The smiling face of Lyric Lawson.

“I do find that when the victims are children, we do get more outreach from the public., said Cleveland Police Homicide Lt. Ali Pillow.

“When our community cooperates and sends us that information, we have a ton of investigators waiting to take that and turn it into action,” is what Police Chief Calvin Williams added.

Howard had warrants out for his arrest for a drug case last year where he violated probation twice, and another drug case from August.

At the home listed on his warrants, no one came to the door. The morning paper was on the porch. A sign in the front window shows a gun pointing out with the saying we don’t call 911.

At the home where the shooting happened, a memorial remains. Lawson’s family has moved out.

19 News asked Lt. Pillow about a tie to that address and the man who listed it as his home. He was an earlier shooting victim.

“We do believe that this was some continued violence or intended, directed at someone else. We don’t believe this was random. We believe someone was targeted at that home,” said Pillow.

Sadly, Lawson got caught in the middle of a situation she had nothing to do with.

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