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Brooklyn: Mother, daughter victims in restaurant shooting

12:27 AM, Apr 14, 2012   |    comments
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BROOKLYN -- The names of the victims and the gunman in a shooting at a Cleveland area restaurant have been released.  The shootings occurred during a family birthday celebration.

Friday morning, police identified the gunman in the shootings at the Cracker Barrel on Tiedeman Road as Kevin E. Allen, 51, of Strongsville.

A Brooklyn Police written release identifies one of the victims shot by Allen as his wife, Katherina "Kate" Allen, 42.

A second victim shot and killed by Kevin Allen was his daughter. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identifies the child as Kerri Allen, 10.  April 12, was her birthday.  Another daughter, Kayla Allen, 10, remains in critical condition at Metro after also being shot.

Investigators say the four had gone to the Cracker Barrel to celebrate Kerri's birthday.  According to the 911 call made by Kate Allen, she and Kevin Allen arrived at the restaurant separately. 

Police say Kate Allen made the 911 call at 8:40 p.m. from the restaurant. She told police she had just informed her husband that she was leaving him and he was not taking it well. Kate Allen told dispatchers she was afraid her husband may become violent and that he was circling the restaurant parking lot.

Kate Allen told the dispatchers her husband once had a shotgun but says he told her he had done away with it.  But she also added she had seen shotgun shells on him. 

Witnesses say Allen entered the restaurant carrying a long gun and began selectively firing at his wife and daughters at close range. No one else in the restaurant was injured.

Police heard gunshots when they arrived and encountered Allen as he exited the restaurant. When he refused demands to drop the weapon officers opened fire. Kevin Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police records show Kevin Allen has previous arrests for domestic violence in Kirtland in 1995 as well as burglary and theft in North Royalton in 2008.


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