CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Cleveland Division of Police is investigating the shooting of a teen girl on the city’s east side.
It happened on Woodland Avenue near East 77th Street Tuesday evening. Cleveland police said shots were fired through the apartment door.
Cleveland EMS said the 13-year-old was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in critical condition. Police confirmed she was shot in the chest.
“I heard bow, bow, bow, bow, bow. Then I heard them saying, ‘Run in the house, run in the house!’ Then I heard bow, bow, bow, bow, bow again,” said a 16-year old neighbor.
Police said they have no suspects, but detectives are checking for surveillance video in the area.
Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, which tries to provide violence intervention and prevention services, has been busy with a recent spike in shootings and killings across the city.
“We go around and we talk to the people that live in the area to try to see what we can do to help them, maybe help them with some stress, counseling,” said Myron Phillips, an outreach worker. “”It always be like that around this time, when it starts. It’s getting hotter so it’s probably gonna get worse.”
On Monday, the city of Cleveland issued a statement about the increased violence from this past weekend, when 35 people were shot and four were stabbed, resulting in three homicides.