Vigil expected Tuesday night for Cleveland fire fighter shooting

CLEVELAND - Lt. William Walker was scheduled to teach his EMS class at Tri-C's East campus, but never made it due to him being gunned down outside his home Sunday.

Cleveland police have no suspects in the fatal shooting of the 15-year veteran of the Cleveland Fire Department.

"He was the guy always there to be a mentor," said Daniel Ellenberger, Director of University Hospitals EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness Institute. "He was the constant team player and the friend you always wanted to have."

His Masonic brothers tell Newsnet 5 a candlelight vigil will be held outside his home Tuesday night.

The 45-year-old man was getting out of his car in the driveway of his Lampson Road home when he was shot multiple times in the chest, officials said.

He was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

Cleveland Interim Fire Chief Patrick Kelly called Walker an outstanding employee and said he will be deeply missed.

He was appointed to the department in 1998 and promoted to lieutenant Aug. 26.

Cleveland fire spokesman Larry Gray said that Walker is survived by his wife and two children.

Authorities gave little new information during Monday's news conference.

Police are looking for information about the shooting. Anyone who saw or heard anything is asked to call the Cleveland Police Homicide unit at 216-623-5464. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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