Cleveland police investigate deadly shooting outside recreation center

Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 8:07 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 3:16 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An 18-year-old Bedford man was murdered outside a Cleveland recreation center Tuesday evening.

According to Cleveland police, the shooting happened around 7 p.m. at the Earle Turner Recreation Center in the 11000 block of Miles Ave. in the city’s Union Miles neighborhood.

The victim has been identified as Jamarion Smith.

Police said preliminary information indicates Smith was shot in the parking lot after leaving the recreation center. He was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect is only described as a man wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and ski mask. He fled on foot after the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call Homicide investigators at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME and a cash reward of up to $5,000.00 may be available.

Statement from Cleveland Ward 2 Councilman Kevin Bishop on shooting outside the recreation center

My heart is heavy hearing about the death of this young man outside the Earle B. Turner Recreation Center, which is in my ward. It is and should be a gathering place for youth, families, seniors and more to come together. We won’t let that be taken away.

Council has taken steps to make recreation centers across the city safe spaces. There are cameras and safety personnel. The Turner rec center is a safe space and offers residents of all ages numerous activities and programs including the new tech center. This is a horrible event, but it is an aberration.

While the young man was from Bedford, I understand he was a visitor to the center for years. This shooting is unacceptable and inexcusable and my condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

Why? That’s my question to the shooter or shooters. Why take a life and devastate families, which will include yours when you are arrested and sent to prison for a senseless murder? There has to be a better way.