Police: University Circle officer shot man suspected in Case Western shooting

CLEVELAND - Cleveland police tell Fox 8 News it is investigating a shooting involving University Circle police officers and two suspects wanted in the shooting of a Case Western Reserve student.

According to an alert from CWRU, a 20-year-old undergraduate student was shot on Murray Hill Road, near Residential Village Saturday night.

Cleveland police assisted University Circle police when officers from the Third District responded to a call of a man who had been shot at 7:55 p.m.

Cleveland police say the victim was shot in the abdomen.

The university alerted Sunday morning the student came through his surgery sucessfully at University Hospitals.

The victim's friends told police they heard gunfire and then found him in the parking lot. Police say they gave them a description of the shooting suspects.

Officers with the University Circle Police Department heard the description on a radio call and saw two men matching the description at an RTA bus station, according to a press release.

According to Cleveland police, UCPD officers says the suspects took off and tried to hide out in a ditch.

UCPD officers say there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and four officers.

One suspect was shot. He's at University Hospitals.

The other suspect is a 19-year-old man. He is in jail.

Members of the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Force Investigation Team are investigating.

Case Western Reserve University reports it has added more officers to patrol the campus in light of the shooting.

CWRU asks that if you are in an emergency or have information regarding this investigation to please call (216) 368-3333.

CWRU is holding a press conference today about the shooting. Stay with Fox 8 for updates.

Case Western's President tells Fox 8 she spoke with the shooting victim's parents and has a message for all students and people connected to the university.

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

I am deeply relieved to report that the undergraduate shot last night came through his surgery successfully and was able to speak with his parents just before 1 o’clock this morning.

Our profound gratitude goes to so many today, starting with the two friends who first heard this young man yell for help. They immediately called 911 and applied pressure to the wound before paramedics arrived.

The paramedics and surgery team treated the student, his friends supported his family members and one another while they waited, and University Circle police officers apprehended the suspects even as they faced gunfire from one of the two men. Finally, our campus police department called in several additional officers to protect the campus overnight.

To all who offered such exceptional care, compassion and courage, I appreciate your efforts more than I can begin to convey. You each made an enormous positive difference last night, not only for the individual shot, but also our entire campus.

Today we face many questions. Why did these suspects perpetrate violence on a member of our community? How did they secure a weapon? How can we more effectively address the safety concerns of our campus?

We will do our best provide answers to these and other questions that arise. For now, please join me in expressing our sincere thanks to those who helped make a terrible night less awful for us all.

Sincerely,

Barbara R. Snyder
President, Case Western Reserve University