Deadly Cleveland rec center shooting stemmed from argument prior to youth football game

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland police are releasing more details in a shooting that killed a man and injured a teen at the Zelma George Recreation Center Wednesday.

It happened shortly before 7 p.m. at the center, located on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Kinsman Road.

According to Cleveland police, a 21-year-old man died after being shot multiple times. A 15-year-old male was shot in the leg and was treated and released from the hospital.

The 21-year-old was initially reported by police to be 30 years old, and the 15-year-old was thought to be 16.

The shooting happened before a Cleveland Muny Football League game was about to begin. Police learned that the shooting stemmed from a verbal altercation that escalated, at which time, shots were fired, striking both victims.

The park was full of children on the 9- to 10-year-old teams and their families. Witnesses say there were several children nearby who saw the shooting.

There were several children at the park at the time.

"I mean, it was terrifying," said witness Constance Shannon. "You've got a park full of kids that are coming to do something positive, and then they're terrified. You don't know what child to save first. I laid on my son and I dragged him into the changing station where he was safe."

The shooting is still under investigation.

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