CLEVELAND, Ohio - Two Cleveland area shootings that injured three people in the early morning hours of Saturday appear to be related to one another.
The first shooting occurred on East 146th Street involving a party bus. The bus left E. 146th St. early in the evening Friday and transported approximately 60 adults to West 6th Street in Cleveland. The driver of the bus told the Cleveland Police Department that when he returned to pick up the passengers, one male partygoer got on the bus with a bloody face. When the bus returned to E. 146th St. around 2:04 am Saturday, two cars pulled up while passengers were exiting and started firing shots.
Officers nearby responded to the shooting and saw two vehicles fleeing the scene. The officers chased the vehicles and were able to obtain the license plate numbers, but were unable to stop the vehicles. Police were forced to terminate the pursuit due to unsafe speeds.
Witnesses on scene gave descriptions of the vehicles to police and told officers that several of the suspects were shouting out “Lakeshore” while firing.
The gunfire struck two passengers exiting the party bus and both were transported by private vehicle to University Hospital. One of the victims, 35-year-old Brandi Stallworth of Margate, Florida, was shot in her lower left leg. Her condition is unknown at this time.
When police arrived to University Hospital’s Emergency Room to follow up, they found 21-year-old Devontae Sullivan of Cleveland lying across the back seat of a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Officers noted there was also a gold Buick parked next to the vehicle that was dropping the victim off. Both vehicles fled the scene after Sullivan was admitted. Sullivan was later transported to MetroHealth Medical Center for critical care.
While officers were questioning Sullivan about the shooting at Metro, they were notified that a female victim of a gunshot wound to the hip had been transported there with a possible connection to the party bus shooting.
The second shooting incident occurred around 3:19 am Saturday in the 800 block of Alhambra Road. Witnesses told police two males exited a beige or tan 4-door Buick with tinted windows, started shooting at two resident homes and then fled the scene. One of the bullets traveled through the front of a home and struck 23-year-old Shannon Gourd in the hip while she was sleeping. Gourd was transported by EMS to MetroHealth Medical Center where her condition remains unknown at this time.
A male resident in the home next door to Gourd’s stated that he was inside at the time of the shooting when two bullets traveled through the third floor wall of his home. The 26-year-old resident, who lives with his mother, also told police that he had received a call from a friend around 1:40am asking to be picked up from a party bus on E. 146th street because he had “gotten into it” with another male. However, the resident claims he was not able to pick up his friend.
Cleveland Police say that both incidents remain under investigation and there are no arrests at this time.
Anyone with information in connection with this incident is asked to contact police. 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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