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Cleveland city leaders react to increase of violence during Fourth of July weekend

There were 20 shootings in the city during the weekend, 10 more than in 2019.

CLEVELAND — The July 4 weekend was less than festive in many parts of Cleveland. 

Data shows the number of shootings in the city during the holiday weekend doubled this year as compared to 2019. 

Cleveland City Councilman Blaine Griffin points to a lot of pent-up anger and frustration as to why violence has been picking up. 

"Traditionally we see interpersonal crimes where people have issues and may have a fight over money or a girl or material things in life," Griffin says. "But right now, it seems like it’s just, I have an argument or road rage and all of a sudden, I’m gonna pop off guns."

In 2019, reports show there were 10 shootings in Cleveland during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. This past weekend, 20 people were shot.  

"It's very disappointing and disheartening to watch this violence in the city," Griffin adds. "On top of the pandemic of COVID-19, on top of the traumatic killing of George Floyd, now, we have families losing loved ones."

The violence started on Saturday night around 8 p.m. and lasted thru Sunday around 5 a.m.

In that nine hour period, Cleveland Police reported at least 13 shootings.

Among them, three men killed. 

And an 8 year old girl was shot in the arm on East 139th Street and Harvard Avenue.

"I'm just urging them all, put the guns down, stop it. Put the guns down. This is not acceptable," Griffin said.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director Of Public Safety Karrie Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams issued the following statement in reaction to the increased violence in the city. 

Gun violence and violent crime is on the rise. This holiday weekend specifically, the city of Cleveland has seen a large number of incidents involving shootings and tragically, three people killed. There is no excuse for this violent activity and police are actively pursuing the perpetrators. We remind citizens to do their part. If you see something, say something. Anyone with crime tips is asked to call police. Anonymous information can be provided via crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.

Timeline:

1. 8 p.m. Saturday - Shooting - E. 148th: 5A25 - One man shot

  1. 9:30 p.m. Saturday - Shooting - E. 139th and Harvard - 8 year old girl shot in the arm. Child was traveling in the rear seat of a car when it was fired upon. The child was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

3. 9:30 p.m. Saturday - Homicide investigation - Officers responded to 3833 W. 152nd. At least two people were shot.  One was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound. 

4. 11 p.m. Saturday - Homicide investigation - Officers responded to Nelson Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd for a man down on the sidewalk. The male was found to have a gunshot wound to his neck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

5. 1 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - 37 year old man shot on W. 130th and Bellaire

6. 1 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - 29 year old man shot 

7. 2 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - 24 year old man shot on W. 65th and Denison.

8. 2 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - 23 year old man shot on Madison and W. 91st. 

9. 3 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - 30 year old man shot on Brookpark Road.

10. 3 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - Man shot on E. 116 and Kinsman.

11. 4 a.m. Sunday - Shooting - 54 year old man shot on E. 139th.

12. 5 a.m. Sunday - Triple Shooting - Three women, aged 17, 18 and 22 were shot on E. 147th St.

13. 5 a.m. Sunday - Triple Shooting - Three men, aged 26, 15, and 17 were shot in the area of Fullerton and Fleet.

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