911 calls obtained by Newsnet5 are said to include a woman saying: ‘Someone was shooting at our vehicle and they shot the baby’.
Cleveland’s chief of police made an emotional plea Thursday for the senseless violence to stop, hours after a 5-month-old baby girl was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting.
Police said the baby’s mother was driving with at least one other person in a neighbourhood a few miles south east of the city centre, and only the child, identified locally as Aavielle Wakefield, was hit.
Police say shots may have come from a nearby apartment building.
Wakefield was the third child fatally shot on Cleveland’s east side since early September. “When are we going to stop counting babies being killed in our streets?”
Tears pooling in his eyes, Williams told reporters Thursday that “this shouldn’t be happening in our city”. “We want bodies in jail for the crime”. “We’ve got to do something about it”.
“We need resources in the community so we can police it ourselves”, Davis said. In addition, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old boy had been killed in separate incidents in Cleveland last month.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of her killer.
A warrant has been issued for Donnell Lindsey, 23, of Cleveland, in the fatal shooting of Major Howard, 3, who was sitting in a auto.