I-Team finds long response time after shot fired into Cleveland charter school

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team obtained security video showing a man hanging out of a car window firing shots at another vehicle in broad daylight. Bullets even went into a school building. But a police report shows the first patrol car didn’t get on scene for 47 minutes.

It happened Tuesday in the 3800 block of East 131st in Cleveland. Video from a business shows an SUV cutting through a parking lot while being chased by a car with a man leaning out of the passenger’s side firing shots.

Five bullets hit the charter school Chapelside Cleveland Academy. Kids were not there, but teachers were.

Police radio recordings showed dispatchers made broadcasts to all cars in the area. One said, "Receiving multiple calls of several vehicles shooting at one another from inside the vehicles.”

But the recordings also revealed a dispatcher say, “You've heard the broadcast. I still have no one available to respond to shots fired."

A report showed calls started coming in at 1:54 p.m. But the report doesn’t show a car on scene until 2:41 p.m.

It appears no one was hurt. But witnesses wonder about the police response, too. Herrick Martin witnessed the shooting.

"He just fired 8 or 9 shots in that direction," Martin said. "By the time it happened, and by the time I left, no police were here. And that was about 15, 20 minutes later."

We reached out multiple times to the Cleveland Division of Police for an explanation, but we have not received one.

The I-Team even found a delay getting crime scene investigators there to follow up on this. A police report showed no CSI unit available until the next day.

A spokesperson for the charter school called the police response “concerning." The school considers its building a safe haven in that neighborhood, pointing out that it has officers inside and outside when kids are there.

The I-Team will continue asking questions about this.

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed represents that area. Now he said he will be asking questions, as well.

More stories on 911 call delays here

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