1 person dies in double shooting on Cleveland’s East Side

Published: Nov. 16, 2021 at 7:33 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2021 at 6:27 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 59-year-old man was killed in a double shooting on Cleveland’s East Side Tuesday morning.

Cleveland police officers were called out to the 4200 block of E. 114th Street and Miles Avenue around 7 a.m.

Napoleon Abrams was pronounced dead on arrival.

A 45-year-old man was shot in the back and was taken to University Hospitals; his name and condition have not been released.

Cleveland police said both victims live in the home where the shooting took place, which is known for drug activity.

An unknown suspect kicked in the door and began firing, according to police.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Cleveland Police have crime scene tape up in the area of E. 114th St. and Miles Ave.
Cleveland Police have crime scene tape up in the area of E. 114th St. and Miles Ave.(WOIO)

Ward 2 Councilperson Kevin Bishop has lived in the area his entire life, and said the area where the shooting happened has been troubled.

“We reported this location to the authorities many times with all kinds of activities we were convinced about so they know about this location; it’s just sad to see it end in this,” Bishop said.

According to records from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office, this marks the 162nd homicide in the city in 2021.

Councilperson Bishop believes the neighborhood needs significant help.

“We need mental health services, we need drug rehabilitation services, and we need to get out in the community and bring folks in before tragedy happens,” he said.

The people in the neighborhood have had enough.

A woman who did not want to be identified but lives in a home a few streets away said she and her husband installed cameras inside and out, hoping to prevent becoming victims.

“When I am not home, the camera’s go off, I can see, and I have cameras inside as well as an alarm, so we had to pay to feel safe,” she said, “We pay taxes; we should be safe in our homes, safe going anywhere, but when it gets dark I try to be in the home.”

If you have information, contact investigators at 216-623-5464 or CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

A cash reward of up to $5000 may be available.

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