CLEVELAND — 41-year-old Martin Muniz, who was arrested last week in connection with a deadly Cleveland shooting that claimed the lives of four people and wounded an 8-year-old girl, made his first court appearance in the case Tuesday morning where a judge set bond at $5 million.
“The defendant was interviewed. He gave a statement in regards to how he did this, showing no remorse or empathy for the victims in the case," a prosecutor said while requesting the high bond amount in Cleveland Municipal Court.
Muniz is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 23.
Police say it was around 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 when officers responded to the scene in the 3700 block of Mack Court. That’s where Muniz reportedly flagged down officers and told authorities five people had been shot.
Those who were killed in the shooting have been identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner as 69-year-old Miguel Gonzalez, 48-year-old Anthony Boothe, 34-year-old Angelic Gonzalez and her son, 16-year-old Jayden Baez.
While three were pronounced dead at the scene, Boothe had been taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he later died.
Boothe’s daughter, an 8-year-old girl, remains in the hospital. Her condition has been upgraded to stable, Metro officials confirm to 3News.
Muniz, who was detained at the scene, has been identified as the stepson of Miguel Gonzalez and the brother of of Angelic Gonzalez, both killed in the shooting.
A neighbor to the family, Frank Carroll, said he and his wife are at a loss for what transpired last week.
"I look outside, I see cop cars everywhere. And the next thing I know I found out what had happened over there. Unreal.”
He, like many others, left wondering why.
“It would be nice to take the top of somebody’s head off to see what makes them tick. Because I mean, you know, family is supposed to be close. You ain’t supposed to go in and shoot everybody”
Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb offered the following statement after the shooting:
"This has been a painful week as we face the devastation caused by another horrific act of gun violence in our city.
"Tonight’s incident is particularly terrible as it took place at home, a place where a family should feel safe and secure.
"My prayers are with the victims and their family, friends and neighbors as they navigate a tragic situation. I am also grateful to the responding officers for rendering aid, securing the neighborhood, and quickly apprehending the suspect.
"We will provide updates as the situation unfolds."