CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police confirm two people were shot in downtown Cleveland around 2:20 a.m. Saturday morning and one person has died.
It happened at the intersection of West 3rd Street and Frankfort Avenue, about a block from Tower City near Public Square in front of John Q's Steakhouse.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a large fight broke out when 'Lounge 75' nightclub, located at 75 Public Square, was closing down for the night. The fight and the crowd moved out of Nightclub and onto the street.
During the fight several shots were fired and as a result of the gunfire a 23-year-old Demario Warren of Cleveland was struck in the back and a 21-year-old female victim was struck in the ankle.
Both victims were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where Warren later died.
The female victim, whose name has not yet been released, is being treated for her injuries.
Third District officers responded to the scene and stopped multiple individuals and autos, including a party bus.
Several weapons were recovered on the scene and Homicide Detectives are currently interviewing multiple individuals in connection with this incident.
Many residents and travelers walked past the crime scene Saturday morning and stopped to see what was going on.
Michael Shirley from St. Louis was in Cleveland visiting his friend Jaimee Crookall of Euclid.
"It's one of the most secure areas. If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere," said Michael.
"It really shows that it can happen anywhere," said Jaimee. "People really don't care where they are. They're going to do what they want."
Marcus Alston from Chicago was surprised to find out that the shooting occurred right outside his hotel.
"I'd been to Cleveland several times. I've been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For this to happen right in the vicinity I'm staying at, it's mind boggling," said Alston.
The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information in c/w this incident to contact the Homicide Unit at 216.623.5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or Text messaging to Text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).
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