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2 dead, 2 arrested after overnight shooting at Cleveland's My Friends Restaurant

It happened at the My Friends Restaurant on Detroit Avenue.

CLEVELAND — Two people have died following an overnight shooting in Cleveland.

Police tell 3News the shooting happened at My Friends Restaurant on Detroit Avenue just before 4 a.m. When officers arrived, they found two people on the ground with gunshot wounds. A 23-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where both were later pronounced dead. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as Geongela Rivers of Euclid and Keondre Austin of Cleveland.

Two men have been identified as the shooters and both have been arrested.

Officers discovered a 29-year-old man in the restaurant's kitchen with a gunshot wound to his leg. He suffered a broken tibia and was taken to MetroHealth, where he is confined. The other shooter, a 25-year-old man who suffered wounds to the arm, leg, and face, went to MetroHealth on his own and was treated and released. He was booked at the Cuyahoga County Jail. 

Investigators believe the incident started after an argument between two groups of people seated inside of My Friends. Both of the men who were arrested pulled out guns and began shooting at each other, causing them both to be wounded along with the two fatal victims.

Multiple shell casings were found at the scene and two guns were seized in connection with the investigation.  

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Editor's note: Video in the player above, which details an officer-involved shooting in Maple Heights, was originally published on March 21, 2021.

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