2 girls shot on Cleveland's west side identified

2 girls shot inside Cleveland west side home

CLEVELAND - Two young children are at MetroHealth Medical Center after both were shot Tuesday evening.

The drive-by shooting occurred at a residence on Dudley Avenue near W. 73rd Street. The suspects apparently fired from a dark colored vehicle towards the home.   

According to Cleveland Police, 3-year-old Savannah Davis was shot in face, and 9-year-old Elizabeth David was shot in the back.   

Savannah's grandmother and Elizabeth's mother tells WKYC Channel 3 that Savannah is still in critical condition. Elizabeth is doing well.  She's stable and was able to talk to police.  

Family members say they were all getting ready for bed last night when the shooting began.

"He just came up and shot my grandbaby,” said Sally Davis.  “My kids. My innocent kids."

Sally Davis says her 9-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was sitting on the couch watching a movie and her 3-year-old granddaughter, Savannah, was outside with her mom.

"All I heard was pop pop pop,” said Pennie Davis.

"I thought it was fireworks,” said Sally.

"Then I heard everyone screaming,” said Pennie.

"Savannah's on the floor bleeding and said my baby got shot, my baby got shot,” said Sally.

One of the occupants on the porch realized one of the girls had been shot and ran inside the house to call EMS.

Witnesses told Cleveland police two men, the family knew, pulled up to the house on Dudley Avenue and admitted to robbing a woman.  Then, a black four door car came by and someone in the back seat rolled down the window, started shooting, then took off.  The car fled eastbound on Dudley Avenue and northbound on W. 73rd Street.

Bullets hit Elizabeth in the back and Savannah in the forehead.

According to the police report, the two men who were at the porch at the time of the shooting had previously robbed a woman at W. 71st Street and Franklin Avenue.

"We need to find out who did this and get them off our streets,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.  “Because there is no rhyme or reason.  No justification for this to happen period."

Chief Williams says it does not appear to be gang related.

“We want to continue to pray for them and pray for their families,” said Williams.  “And hope they pull through this."

Doctors told the Davis family they are not out of the woods yet.

"She moved her fingers which is a plus,” said Sally.  “She moved her little toes."

On a day of mixed emotions, the Davis family hopes and prays for more good news but also want whoever did this to pay.

"Everyone is trying to put the pieces together because we want these criminals behind bars,” said Sally. 

Police arrested someone at the house Tuesday night for stealing a woman's purse.  They are still looking for who shot Savannah and Elizabeth.  Right now, they know the car the shots were fired from is a new model black Honda with tinted windows.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Cleveland Police Department at 216-621-1234.  


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