ID'd: 3rd child gunned down in one month in Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A baby shot and killed Thursday has been identified. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner confirms the 5-month-old is Aavielle Wakefield. She was shot and killed on Cleveland's east side, near East 143rd Street and Kinsman Thursday.
Cleveland police say the 5-month-old, the little girl's mother and two other people were in a car when someone fired shots. The baby was the only person who was hit. She was struck in the chest.
According to a 911 caller, "somebody was shooting at our car when we came through the street and they shot the baby, the baby dead."
Police sources tell us the shots may have come from an apartment building near that intersection.
A SWAT team, a helicopter with thermal cameras, and K-9 units were brought in to look for the suspect.
Officers evacuated residents around one building where they believe the gunman may have been hiding.
SWAT members went from house to house while detectives searched the property with flashlights.
Police Chief Calvin Williams told the media, "enough is enough."
"There are people that know what happened. Things are all over Facebook, all over social media. Probably even before this happened," Williams said.
Chief Williams said his officers have been instructed to stay on this case for as long as it takes.
"We want bodies in jail tonight for this crime," Williams said, before getting choked up while talking about this family's tragic loss.
Mayor Frank Jackson expressed his frustrations with this latest shooting.
"One thing I will say is that we all share the same sentiment in that the line has been crossed. So now it is up to us in government, but also up to the community at large, to do those things necessary to say that this is not tolerated," said Jackson.
Jackson brought up the number of guns officials have removed from the streets, but says it's still not enough.
"I can give you all kind of statistics as to how many guns we've taken off the street within the last couple weeks, and I would tell you that would probably be over 100 at least and probably many more than that. But at the same time, that did not eliminate this thing here, what happened here," Jackson said.
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