15-year-old shot three times in Cleveland Heights, dies from injuries

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio-- A 15-year-old boy is dead following a shooting in Cleveland Heights Wednesday evening.

It happened at about 6 p.m. on Elbon Road. Police said the victim suffered three gunshot wounds before the suspect fled.

When officers arrived, they found the teen, Draon Gray, in a backyard on Pembrook Road. He was taken to University Hospitals, where he died from his injuries.

Those living on Elbon Road, near the shooting, say everything appeared peaceful moments prior to the shooting.

“I was in my room and I heard pow, pow,” said 10-year-old Brookelynn Peacock, saying the noise didn’t sound like fireworks. Her mother, Donna, said as soon as she heard the noise she ran to check that both her children were inside.

“It’s very scary,” said Jan Hart, who saw paramedics rush to help the the teen. “They were performing CPR on him. I feel so bad for him and his family.”

Jan and her sister, Shirley, have lived in their Cleveland Heights home for 76 years.

“It’s just getting so violent,” Shirley said.

Police say they do not know what caused the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Heights Police Department at 216-321-1234 or the tip line at 216-291-5010. Calls can remain anonymous.