Woman’s Death by Stray Bullet ‘Destroyed Neighborhood’

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- An innocent woman was killed after being struck in the leg by a stray bullet.

Just before one 1:00 a.m. Wednesday, two men started shooting at each other in the 2200 block of East 95th Street.

According to Cleveland police, 44-year-old Elissa Hereford was looking outside her upstairs window when a stray bullet flew inside her house and hit her in the leg. Hereford was transported to MetroHealth Medical, where she was pronounced dead.

According to her stepson, Hereford bled to death after the bullet pierced a main artery. "I love her dearly. I just hope they find whoever did it," he said.

Family members told Fox 8 News Hereford leaves behind one stepson and three biological children.

Neighbor Alice Huffman said, "The people who did it, God knows who it is. Justice will be served."

Daymond Haywood, 18, of Cleveland, has been arrested in connection with this shooting but has not been charged.

Three other suspects between the ages of 18-21 were brought in for questioning but have now been released.

Neighbor Tiffany Conway said, "You destroy a whole neighborhood when you kill one person. It's not just the person, it's the neighborhood."

Police are not commenting on a motive. At this time, the shooting remains under investigation.