In the early hours of Sunday morning, a mass shooting in Cleveland resulted in at least nine people sustaining gunshot wounds, according to the Cleveland Division of Police. No fatalities have been reported from the scene of the devastating shooting.
The police spokesperson, Jennifer Ciaccia, stated that initial information suggests a suspect opened fire on a group of individuals before fleeing the scene. Law enforcement officers, who were already in the vicinity for a weekly detail, swiftly responded to the report of multiple people shot.
Upon receiving the call at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers promptly arrived at West 6th Street and Johnson Court. They provided immediate medical assistance to the victims. Ciaccia mentioned that investigators are currently reviewing evidence, including video footage, and conducting interviews with the victims at MetroHealth Medical Center. However, no further details have been released at this time.
MetroHealth Medical Center confirmed that they received a total of nine victims that were brought into their care. Two have already been treated and released, five in the emergency department, one in the operating room, and another who had undergone surgery.
This incident is yet another tragic example of the ongoing struggle with gun violence in the United States. The Gun Violence Archive has released reports that there have been at least 365 mass shootings in 2023 alone.
The police are actively reviewing evidence and video footage to identify the suspect responsible for the shooting. Interviews with the victims will also play a crucial role in piecing together the events leading up to the incident.