20-year-old found dead at Miles Road gas station; Residents demand a stop to senseless shootings

20-year-old found dead at Miles Road gas station; Residents demand a stop to senseless shootings

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened at a gas station on Cleveland’s East Side.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Express Stop gas station at the corner of 116th and Miles Road in the city’s Union-Miles neighborhood, according to Cleveland police.

“All I could think about was like, ‘oh my gosh,’” said Maureen Wallace, who stops by that gas station every day. “I was just distraught.”

Wallace described the scene Sunday night: a sea of cop cars, evidence markers and a sheet draped over a car sitting at a pump.

Officers say a man was found shot and killed inside that car.

Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Rob Tony, Jr.

Kevin Bishop, a Cleveland City Councilman for Ward 2, is a close friend of the victim. Bishop said Tony, Jr. for was a former basketball player and graduate of John Hay High School.

“Rob was a very respectful young man. He was a hard worker. He was not the type of person that people think would be involved in this horrific crime,” said Bishop.

“I am totally speechless,” Bishop said, wiping tears from his face. “I just don’t have the words to express my anger about all this, just us hurting each other, doing this to each other.”

This is not the first gas station murder that’s happened in the past few months in the Cleveland area. Back in February, a man was robbed, then shot and killed, while sitting in his car at a gas station on Cleveland’s west side. And last November, a man shot and killed while putting air in his tires at a gas station in the city’s Glenville neighborhood.

“We need help from each and every individual household in this community,” said Bishop. “We need more role models, we need more jobs, we need more opportunities, we need more parents to take some time in your children’s lives.”

Police haven’t yet released information on a suspect or motive in Sunday night’s deadly shooting.

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