CLEVELAND - Two men are dead after an early morning shooting at the Top Cats bar on East 67th Street and St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland, according to Cleveland police.
Roosevelt Guins, 33, and Alexander Burks, 25, both of Cleveland, were shot and killed in the incident that occurred around 1 a.m. Thursday.
According to police, the men were shot during a fight with a bar security guard. Police said that Guins and Burks, along with about 8 to 10 other men, were assaulting a bar security guard and trying to drag him into the restroom.
The security guard then allegedly discharged his weapon and shot the two victims. The security guard then shot the weapon one more time toward the ceiling, and the rest of the men involved in the fight fled the scene, police said.
When emergency personnel arrived, they pronounced Guins and Burks dead at the scene, and transported the security guard to Euclid Hospital.
Police arrested Clarence Flowers, 32, on charges of aggravated robbery for allegedly trying to take the security guard's weapon.
One of the victims reportedly had just won $15,000 in the lottery and was celebrating his good fortune, according to witnesses at the scene.
NewsChannel5 asked Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson if he thinks the recent violence in Cleveland is directly related to the recent police layoffs. Jackson said he does not believe that recent police layoffs have anything to do with the shootings. He said statistics show that crime is down in Cleveland for the second year in a row. Jackson said the real problem is the availability of guns in the area and how people respond to confrontations.