Abolish the police? Violent crime spikes in city as 11 people shot in 11-hour period, including pregnant woman, 15-year-old boy


CLEVELAND, OH.- Another day, another major United States city where crime is out of control. WKYC in the Cleveland said that police are investigating a rash of shootings in the city which resulted in 11 injuries over an 11-hour period. The incidents occurred this past Thursday into Friday.

The first shooting occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on the city’s east side, with the last shooting occurring just after 2 a.m. on Friday morning. No fatalities have yet been reported, however several of the victims were hospitalized for their injuries.

The victims included a pregnant woman, who police said was shot in the stomach just before 1 a.m. near East 100th Street and Crestwood Ave. According to witnesses, the woman was sitting in a vehicle when an unknown vehicle pulled up alongside and fired at her. She was taken to University Hospital’s Cleveland Medical Center. The condition of both her and her unborn baby were unknown.

Just over an hour before, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the head on the 7200 block of Carson Avenue in Cleveland. He was transported to Fairview Hospital via ambulance. His condition also was unknown. Officials did not release suspect information. Cleveland police released a timeline of the shootings:

  • 3:29 pm.: A man, age 49 was shot in the lip near East 123rd Street and Lenacrave Ave; he was taken to Cleveland Clinic-Marymount Hospital via private automobile.
  • 4:35 pm.: A 60-year—old man was shot in the back near East 78th Street and Finney Avenue and taken by EMS to MetroHealth Medical Center; suspect fled in a red vehicle.
  • Between 6 & 8pm: A 31-year-old man was shot in the hand on the 3100 block of West 56th Street; taken by ambulance to MetroHealth Medical Center.
  • 8:06pm- A 44-year-old woman was grazed in the leg by a bullet on the 12700 block of Burlington Avenue.
  • 10:38pm: A 53-year-old man was shot in the hand on the 4500 block of West 145th Street; taken by EMS to Fairview Hospital.
  • 12:42am: A 24-year-old man was shot in the leg on the 1700 block of Hillview Road and taken by EMS to UH; suspect fled in a black Hyundai with tinted windows.
  • 1:44am: A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg on the 3300 block of East 66th Street; taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
  • 2:08 am: A man was shot in the knee near East 140th Street and Harvard Avenue; drove self to MetroHealth Medical Center.
  • 2:08 am: A man was shot in the back of the right knee near West 140th Street; taken to MetroHealth Medical Center via private auto.

Authorities said that a 5-year-old by was not shot, however was scratched by glass after shots were fired into a home on the 4200 block of West 21st Street at around 12:34 pm on Thursday. Officers also dealt with two fatal motor vehicle crashes and two fatal overdoses within a 24-hour period Thursday, plus a SWAT situation which saw a man arrested “without incident” on the 4700 block of Franklin Boulevard just after 7pm.

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Cleveland police is asking anyone with further information to call the agency.

Meanwhile, Cleveland police say that a city police officer who was shot on the city’s east side overnight on Monday is recovering. 

Officers were dispatched to a boarding house on the 2000 block of East 81st Street at around 3:45am Monday for an unknown trouble report. Once on scene, police encountered a woman to told them she had been involved in an altercation with a man inside the home.

Two officers entered the home, where they encountered a 42-year-old man in the bathroom. The suspect fired a gun at the officers; one of the officers returned fire and both retreated from the home.

One of the responding police officers, a 26-year-old female suffered gunshot wounds to the arm and back. Her 24-year-old partner was not injured.

Police summoned a SWAT team and crisis negotiators to apprehend the suspect. He was eventually taken into custody with no further incident. He initially reported no injuries, however, was later taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for leg pain, where he was treated and released back to police. He is being  held at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Ward 6 City Councilman Blaine A Griffin issued the following statement:

“My prayers go out to the CDP Patrol Officer who was shot this morning on E. 81st St.

“Once again, senseless gun violence has no place in this community. It is imperative that this individual is held accountable for his actions. If he needs some help because he is in crisis, I hope he gets it.

“I’d ask the community to allow the investigation to take place. I look forward to a transparent and thorough investigation.

“I am thankful that this officer is going to be alright. I hope that this Officer and all of the Men and Women of the Cleveland Division of Police know that myself and this community appreciates their service. We all wish this officer a speedy recovery.

“Thank you to you and your family for your dedication to the residents of Ward 6 and the City of Cleveland.”

Pray for our police. Never in our lifetime has crime been as out of control as it is now. 

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