CLEVELAND- There were two cases in Cleveland this week, involving four teens, 15 years old and younger, caught with three handguns, the Fox 8 I-Team has learned.
The incidents raise concern, especially after the police shooting in November of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Police said he had an airsoft pistol that looked like a handgun.
On Thursday night, Cleveland and Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police received a 911 call to the parking lot of the Addison Town Houses at 7300 Wade Park. Two teens with a gun. A report shows the caller told police “They are pulling the gun out on people.”
When officers got there they found the gun on the ground, and they questioned 13 and 15-year-old brothers. The 911 caller said the boys used to live there.
Earlier in the week, CMHA police arrested kids, ages 14 and 15, with two guns. Police said they had a 9mm and a .38.
A report shows Monday afternoon, an officer saw juveniles running from a car in the 5700 block of Curtis Avenue. The report said two kids stayed behind, and an officer found the handguns in the car.
One teen told police he had one of the guns for about a month. He claimed he found it. Another teen claimed he had bought his gun two days before for $115 on the streets near East 137th Street and Kinsman Road.
CMHA police have filed charges in juvenile court against the teens.
On Nov. 22, Cleveland police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside the Cudell Recreation Center, saying he had an airsoft pistol that looked like an actual handgun. That case is now under review by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
Officers said these latest cases show how easy it is for the very young to get their hands on guns, and how police can take no chances when they deal with juveniles and guns.