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12-year-old shot outside East Side recreation center

Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 10:24 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 12-year-old child was among three people shot near an East Side recreation center Sunday evening.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. near the Lonnie Burton Recreation Center at the corner of East 46th Street and Outhwaite Avenue.

The other two victims were both 20-year-old men, according to a Cleveland police media release.

The child, who was shot multiple times, was taken to MetroHealth in critical condition, according to Cleveland EMS.

The other two victims were also taken to Metro, according to police.

Police did not release their conditions.

People in the city’s Central neighborhood were sounding off about the shootings Monday.

Carl Cook from Project Save, an organization that promotes spiritual, emotional, and social growths in the Central neighborhood, says he’s committed to changing the community but questions if everyone else is.

“It seems like to a lot of our law enforcement it’s just another day of a young adult getting murdered,” Cook said.

Some people expressed hopelessness about violence in the neighborhood.

“I know how it feels because I’ve been here 19 years and it’s been going on and on this isn’t going to stop,” she said.

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