CLEVELAND — An 18-year-old man with developmental challenges was fatally shot early Sunday morning, according to Cleveland police.
"He was a sweet little kid," said his former general manager at Rally's, Qdera Hood. "He doesn't really have any family so we were that for him ... he's very, very intelligent. He's just a little different. I don't understand why anyone would do this to him."
Officers responded to East 65th Street and Kenyon Avenue at around 3:30 a.m., for a report of a male down with head trauma. There, they found an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the mouth.
Investigators say the man was leaving work at Rally’s before the shooting. He reportedly lived in a nearby group home. Colleagues identified the victim as Andrew Hart. They tell Fox 8 they are saddened and shocked to hear he was killed in a senseless act of violence.
"Everybody in this neighborhood knows him," said Hood. "He started off shoveling snow for all our business."
Hart was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
"You can be upset, and you'll come in to see Andy, and just get happy because he is always upbeat and willing to help out and do for others," said former colleague Lauren Williams.
The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit along with the Cuyahoga Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the death.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Cleveland Division of Police, no arrests have been made.
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