Cleveland police chief asks public for tips in search for man who shot city sanitation worker

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland police are asking the public for help finding the suspect accused of shooting a city sanitation worker to death Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of E. 138th Street.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said after the shooting was reported, authorities found the victim lying in the street.

"Officers arrived on scene; there was indeed a male shot in the street," said Chief Williams. "EMS responded to assist that victim but, unfortunately, he passed away."

Police say two other sanitation employees were working the same route with the victim but were able to take cover. Investigators are still looking for the suspect, described as being a male with dark skin and a black hoodie.

Chief Williams asks that anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting, who may have seen anyone in that area between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or who may have seen a male running, to please call Cleveland police at 216-623-5264.

A family member describes the victim as a quiet man in his 20s who was just trying to do his job.

"It's shocking, you know, the quiet one; it's like hard to believe," said relative Robert Hawkins.

One neighbor on the scene says she heard multiple gunshots.

"I heard the six shots and I started to come around to the front and I decided to just go back into the house and the next thing I know all of this is out here," said Michelle Maines.