Search continues for gunman who killed Adams College and Career Academy student

Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 6:39 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 11, 2023 at 3:16 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The murder of a John Adams College & Career Academy student on the city’s East side Tuesday afternoon remains under investigation by Cleveland police.

The school was closed Wednesday and grief counselors were available for any student or family member who needed grief support.

John Adams College and Career Academy will be closed today, Wednesday, January 11th. Grief Counselors will be available...

Posted by Cleveland Metropolitan School District on Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Cleveland Metropolitan School District officials said the victim, Pierre McCoy, 18, was an 11th grader at the school.

Pierre McCoy
Pierre McCoy((Source: Family))

McCoy was shot around 3 p.m. Tuesday while sitting at a bus stop after school in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Corlett Avenue. This is in the city’s Union Miles neighborhood.

He was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said at the time, there were approximately 25 other people at the bus stop.

The suspect, who police said they are still searching for, walked directly up to McCoy, shot him multiple times and fled on foot.

The suspect is said to be a man, wearing all black in a puffy jacket, ski mask, boots and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 216-623-5464.

Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME. A reward of up to $5,000 may be available.

19 News has learned McCoy’s death is at least the 3rd fatal shooting of a CMSD student near a school this school year:

  1. Aug. 17, 2022 – Glenville High School
  • Devonte Johnson, 16, died from gunshot wounds to trunk and extremities
  • Shot in the 600 block of E. 113th St., in the field near the high school – around 4 p.m. on a Wednesday, a day before the “Back-to-School Meet & Greet” event
  • Classes started the following Monday, Aug. 22, 2022
  • No arrests following shooting

2. Sept. 6, 2022 - Rhodes High School

  • Andre Wells, 16, died from gunshot wounds to head and left foot
  • Shot on 5200 block of Stickney Ave. (one block away from Rhodes High School) while walking to school around 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. He died the next day.
  • No arrests following shooting