Cleveland warehouse district: police question 4 after reports of shooting, possible hostage situation

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CLEVELAND -  The Cleveland Police are investigating an incident that occurred at Krush Clothing Store on West 9th Street in Cleveland’s warehouse district Monday evening.

Officers responded around 7 p.m. to calls of gunshots being fired in connection with a robbery. It was also reported that civilians were inside the store.

Alex Selerowski was his way to get coffee on W. 6th street when he says he heard gunfire.

“I just heard a round of gunshots and we saw all the cops, they were flagging us to go the other way,” said Alex.

The SWAT team responded and could be heard over  a loudspeaker directing anyone inside the store to leave immediately.

An entire city block around the location was closed to traffic; with officers stationed at each intersection.

Restaurants and other businesses near W. 6th remained open, but police stopped anyone from walking to W. 9th.

According to investigators, the owner of Krush came outside the building and told police that the shooters were gone.

Four people were detained for questioning, and the store owner is also being questioned.  No injuries were reported.

SWAT teams and a canine unit were called to the store to check for suspects, but found none.

A woman who lives in an apartment above one of the W. 9th businesses told Fox 8 that she and her husband are stunned by what happened and said it’s the first time they’ve seen a shooting in the area.

Marie Bobka said, “We are shocked, we are dumbfounded, my husband has been living here for 8 years and this is the first time.”

Marie and others living downtown say they still love living downtown despite the incident and that they’re grateful for how quickly Cleveland police got the situation under control.

 

 

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