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8 shot, 2 killed during Christmas weekend in Cleveland

One of the homicide victims may have been involved in a reported hostage situation, while another got into an apparent fight before being shot.

CLEVELAND — Police confirm two people were killed and six others were injured during a violent holiday weekend in Cleveland.

As cold temperatures gripped the city beginning two days before Christmas, authorities found themselves dealing with various emergency calls. The first homicide took place just after 11:30 a.m. Friday, when officers responded to a home on the 8700 block of Willard Avenue for a "possible hostage situation" and found a 33-year-old woman in the kitchen with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, since identified as Brittney R. Snead, later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Just after 10 a.m. Saturday, a second fatal shooting took place in the Flats, with officers finding 48-year-old Shawn Lavelle Jackson dead in the road on the 2100 block of West 3rd Street. Witnesses said Jackson got into a fight with an unknown man before the suspect shot him and drove away.

There were four other shootings that took place within city limits over the weekend, according to police:

  • Friday: A 54-year-old man was shot in the leg on the 3400 block of East 98th Street; taken by ambulance to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • Saturday, 4:36 a.m.: A 44-year-old man was shot in the left eye on the 1100 block of Holmden Avenue; taken by ambulance to Metro
  • Saturday, 8:28 p.m.: A 20-year-old man was shot in both his back and his arm on the 2500 block of East 43rd Street; taken by ambulance to UH in serious condition
  • Sunday, 1:53 a.m.: A 22-year-old woman was grazed on her shoulder, a 21-year-old woman was shot in her upper shoulder, and a 33-year-old man in his right elbow during a shooting on the 1700 block of East 99th place; all drove themselves to UH

Additionally, a pedestrian was struck during an accident involving six cars on I-90 east near East 72nd Street early Friday morning, and a 63-year-old man was stabbed in the head early Saturday morning in connection with an alleged burglary on the 16800 block of Lakeshore Boulevard.

No arrests have been made in any of these cases. Anyone with information is asked to immediately call the Cleveland Division of Police at (216) 621-1234.

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