1 person shot after gunman fires into car at Downtown Cleveland intersection
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - One man was shot after a gunman fired into his car at the intersection of W. 9th Street and Superior Avenue Thursday afternoon.
The shooting happened around 1 p.m.
Cleveland police said the 23-year-old driver was stopped at the light when the suspect drove up next to him and fired shots into his vehicle at the busy intersection.
The victim was shot in the hip.
After the shooting, witnesses told officers the suspect drove over the Detroit/Superior bridge.
Police said he was driving a black Nissan Sentra with no front plate.
Joe Blackwell lives in Downtown Cleveland and tells 19 News in three years he’s never felt unsafe, but a shooting near his home he admits is cause for concern, “I think anytime you hear about a shooting in broad daylight in a major populated area like this it’s concerning. I was concerned there was violence this close to where I live.”
Zack Reed, a mayoral candidate, and former Cleveland council member says after 38 shootings in Cleveland over the weekend, including four murders, this downtown shooting should be a wake-up call to the city’s leadership, “We are now living in one of the most violent cities. You see something like this in Downtown Cleveland, something’s wrong with that picture. An innocent bystander could have got hit, simply because someone feels whatever they feel that they want to shoot somebody in the middle of the day.”
Laurie Torres, the Owner of Mallorca restaurant says she’s surprised but doesn’t feel people should be afraid to enjoy the popular Warehouse District, “I certainly don’t want people to be fearful because the Warehouse District is a beautiful part of the city and a safe part of the city. I come to work early sometimes and stay late, and I never feel frightened.”
According to investigators, this was not a random shooting and the victim was targeted in connection with other crimes.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.
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