$25,000 reward offered in east side shootings

RAW: Charles Wakefield talks about his daughter, Aavielle
Police Chief Calvin Williams (Source: WOIO)
Police Chief Calvin Williams (Source: WOIO)
News conference on recent shootings set for 11 a.m. (Source: WOIO)
News conference on recent shootings set for 11 a.m. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cuyahoga County Prosecution's office offers a reward in string of east side shootings.

5-month-old is Aavielle Wakefield was shot and killed Thursday evening on Cleveland's east side, near East 143rd Street and Kinsman.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams urges the public to actually do something to stop the violence.

"Not just here for slogans or marches, we've marched enough...we need people to do things," said Chief Williams.

Aavielle is the third child to be killed in a drive-by shooting in a month.

3-year-old Major Howard died Sept. 15 on East 113th St. and 5-year-old Ramon Burnett Jr., known as "Dink" was killed in the 2300 block of Louise Harris Drive on Sept. 4. On Sept. 19, 10-year-old, Dante Padgett, Jr. was shot and wounded while in the car with his father, who was shot and killed on MLK and Shaker Blvd.

Police have yet to make an arrest in the homicide of Major. They have issued a warrant for Donnell Lindsey, 23.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Tim McGinty announced a $25,000 reward for information that will lead police to the shooters in the death of Aavielle and Dante. Call Crime Stoppers at 216-25-CRIME with any information.

"We need people with courage to come forward," said McGinty.

The county prosecutor went on to call the people committing these crimes, "gutless wonders."

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