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CLEVELAND - Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams spoke at City Hall on Wednesday to address recent gun violence in the city.

Within the last two weeks, two children have been the victims of drive-by shootings.

Mayor Jackson said that hiring more police can help, but fixing this will take much more than that.

There will be police engaging with the community this Saturday in hopes of encouraging more members of the public to assist in community policing.

Those recreation centers will be Glenville, Cudell, Zelma George, Lonnie Burton and Matt Zone and police will be at each starting at 11 a.m.

Major Howard, 3, left. Ramon Burnett, 5, right.

Major Howard, 3, left. Ramon Burnett, 5, right.

"I do not want another child to die," Jackson said. "These actions are not acceptable in Cleveland."

Ramon Burnett, 5, was killed on September 4 while playing in his front yard.

Major Howard, 3, was killed after injuries he sustained in a shooting on September 15 while sitting in a car. A woman was also injured during the shooting, but her injuries are not life-threatening.

Police Chief Williams added that there are a few persons of interest in Major's case, but there is no one currently in custody.

"It's terrible, it's terrible and the people in this city know it's terrible and they feel this way and they've voiced their concern and voiced their displeasure with what's going on. And as the mayor stated, I think we're drawing a line in the sand," Williams said.

Ramon and Major were both shot in the chest, and were the only deaths in both shootings.

**More on Major Howard here**

**More on Ramon Burnett here**

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Mayor Jackson: Sends his condolences to both families who lost their children

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Jackson: There is no explanation or justification for the loss of innocence

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Chief Williams: Nice to see the community step up after these incidents

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Williams: We have been down this road before….we have done things to eradicate violence in the city, but we have to do more

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Williams: We need the public’s help in this….says the community needs to get more involved and understand how police keep communities safe

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WIlliams: This Saturday at 11 a.m., One Cleveland will bring together the community at several community centers throughout the area for meetings to give people more information about they can help

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Williams: Police cannot do it alone and the public need to help as much as they can

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Williams: Investigation into Major Howard’s death is ongoing….several leads at this time thanks to the public’s help

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Williams: We are not positive if there is gang involvement in this case

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Williams: Found a vehicle they believe may be the suspect vehicle, but that is not yet confirmed…..White 4-door foreign car and someone knows who was driving that vehicle

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Williams: No suspects, just persons of interest at this time….no names at this time

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Williams: The people in this community have drawn a line in the sand and said enough is enough

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Jackson: If you go on Facebook and look at young people in the area where these incidents occur, you would see young people with assault rifles….how can you have these guns in hands of young people? And they make decisions irrationally.

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Jackson: You can hire as many police as you want, but it’s more than that

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Jackson: These actions are not acceptable in Cleveland

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Jackson: We cannot accept these actions

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Jackson: Saturday’s event is to show the public that they can be helpful without putting themselves in harms way

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Jackson: I am not engaging in something that makes me look good now but does not have a lasting effect

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Jackson: I do not want another child to die

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Williams: Don’t want to share too much information on persons of interest in Major’s death until they get more information

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Williams: Guns are definitely a problem here