Suspects at large in West Park RTA Rapid station robbery, deadly shooting

CLEVELAND - Three suspects remain at-large after a robbery and deadly shooting at the West Park RTA station Monday night.

The station on the west side of Cleveland reopened to buses and cars after police prohibited access while investigating the deadly shooting.

Cleveland police said First District officers responded to the 14500 block of Lorain Avenue around 7:50 p.m. for a man who was shot. When they arrived to the scene, they found a victim with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim who has been identified by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner as 28-year-old Matthew R. Huffman was taken to Fairview Hospital, where he died, according to police.

He died from a gunshot wound to the chest in addition to skeletal, visceral and soft tissue injuries.

Police said a preliminary investigation reveals that three men attempted to rob the victim and his friend. As the two attempted to flee, one of the alleged robbers fired one shot, hitting the victim in the chest. After shooting the victim, the suspects took property from the victim and left the scene on foot, according to officers.

Officers searched the area but did not find the suspects.

The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information regarding this incident 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).

Next of kin notification has not been made at this time. The official cause of death will be determined by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

When NewsChannel5 arrived at the scene, Cleveland police, as well as RTA police, were out near the Rapid station investigating with flashlights. Buses and cars were also not able to leave or enter the station’s parking lot.

A Greater Cleveland RTA spokesperson later released the following statement:

Due to a Cleveland Police investigation, RTA's West Park Rapid Station (West Park area) is closed to cars and buses. The Rapid is still running and transit police are escorting pedestrians in and out of the station; Customers who need to get to buses will also be helped by Transit Police. The station must remain closed to vehicles during the investigation.

Stay with NewsChannel5 as we continue to gather more details on this story.

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