Cleveland Heights police chief pleads for public’s help after apparent innocent bystander shot to death in car

Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 1:47 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - Investigators from the Cleveland Heights Police Department are asking for the public’s help in solving several cases after a string of shooting deaths occurred in the last two weeks.

The plea from Chief of Police Annette Mecklenburg comes just over a day since the most recent deadly shooting took place; the case involving a car passenger who was fatally struck by gunfire from another vehicle.

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Chief Mecklenberg said 24-year-old Reginald Thomas was shot and killed while riding in a car on South Taylor Road near Euclid Heights Boulevard on Sunday morning.

Detectives were told by a motorist that a red sedan passed by at a high-rate of speed.

Shortly after the car passed by, the motorist described to police hearing gunshots fired from a four-door black-colored sedan driving behind them.

One of the gunshots struck Thomas in the upper back, according to Cleveland Heights police, and killed him.

Sunday morning’s shooting death was the third over the course of the past two weeks.

Unlike Thomas’ death, the first two incidents do not appear to be random:

  • Sept. 12: Malik Moore, shot and killed on Oakdale Road near Lee Road. Moore knew the suspected shooter.
  • Sept. 16: Trayvon Powell, shot and killed in the stairwell of his Noble Road apartment building. Chief Mecklenburg said there was an altercation inside the apartment before the shooting; two have been arrested and charged in connection to the murder.

Investigators are asking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects who were shooting from the dark-colored vehicle on Sunday, as well as any additional details related to the Sept. 12 homicide.

Anyone with information can contact Cleveland Heights police at 216-321-1234.

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