CLEVELAND - With 4 children shot and 3 of them passing away in the last month in Cleveland, residents and officials are aware that something must change.
Although it has been rumored that these children shot were caught in the crossfire of gang violence, police have not confirmed that.
Going forward, police say that no credible gang threats have been found and they continue to encourage people to come forward with any information related to these crimes.
Read the statement from the City of Cleveland here:
The City of Cleveland, Division of Police is aware of social media posts and texts circulating regarding possible gang violence. These messages have been and continue to be investigated by the Division of Police as well as our local, state and federal partners including the Cleveland Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At this time, no threat has been verified. No community meetings or community group meetings have been held on this subject by city leaders or with members of the Division of Police.
Although no credible threats have been verified through any of our law enforcement platforms, the Division of police reminds the public that all must remain vigilant and if suspicious behavior or criminal activity is seen or known of, that this activity is reported to law enforcement.
Reports of suspicious or criminal activity may be made to the Cleveland Division of Police by calling 216.621.1234. Information may be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 216.252.7463.
Policing is a partnership and we must all remain engaged and continue to share information.
Cleveland City Councilman, Jeffrey Johnson, spoke to Fox 8 about the gun violence on Saturday.
"This goes to the heart of our neighborhoods when it comes to dealing with
the continual fear and terror that is going on in these neighborhoods,” he said.
"I really believe we are in a crisis, what I mean by that, in certain neighborhoods there are certain amounts of continuous violence and we have to intervene with something other than just normal police operations."
Johnson said the goal right now is to slow it down, stop the cycle.
Meanwhile, improving the community and education is also important. He noted this takes a lot of resources and time.
Since the shooting of 5-month-old Aavielle Wakefield on Thursday, it is even more prevalent that immediate change is needed.