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‘I’m completely heartbroken’: Mom of 3-year-old killed in drive-by begs for justice

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The mother of a 3-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting  in Cleveland last night is begging those responsible to come forward.

Brittney Anderson was just outside the car in which her son, Major Howard, was sitting during the shooting.

She tells Fox 8's Peggy Gallek that she doesn't know who could be responsible.

"I'm completely heartbroken," said Anderson. "They need to turn themselves in."

(Photo courtesy: Bob Donnelly/FOX 8 News)

Toddler shot in drive-by shooting in Cleveland (Photo courtesy: Bob Donnelly/FOX 8 News)

The shooting happened on East 113th Street between Regalia and Union avenues at about 7:15 p.m. Anderson said that her son was sitting in a parked car with her friend, Dasha Smith, 24, at the time.

Anderson said she saw a vehicle driving by and went flat to the ground when she heard the gunshots. Then she heard Smith screaming.

When Anderson went to their car, she found that Major had been shot. Many people attempted to help, she said.

Major was taken to the hospital, but died after surgery.  Smith was shot once in the thigh.

Witnesses told police the shooter's car was a white or light-colored four-door, possibly a Toyota.

FOX 8 has learned that police have looked at many reasons why someone opened fire. Cleveland Police have looked at possible connections to either of two recent shootings. And a woman calling 911 has told FOX 8 the child died after a shootout sparked by street gambling. Meantime, investigators have been going over a burned out car found blocks from the shooting scene. Police were checking to see if that car had been used in the drive-by since it roughly matched the description. Meantime, the shooting also left bullet holes in homes. Mary Mell surveyed the damage and said, “These young people need to get their lives together and give their lives to the Lord.”

Meanwhile, many took to social media Wednesday to remember Major and speak out about what happened. Several hashtags, including #RIPMajor and #JusticeForMajor, were being used as well.

Less than two weeks ago, 5-year-old Ramon Burnett was killed in a drive-by shooting on Louise Harris Court in Cleveland. Two suspects were arrested in that shooting.

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