Cracker Barrel Shooting Victim Back in Critical Condition

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CLEVELAND — Just 36 hours after being upgraded from serious to fair condition, officials with MetroHealth Medical Center tell Fox 8 News that Kayla Allen has taken a turn for the worse.

The lone survivor of a deadly shooting at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Tiedeman Road has slipped into critical condition once again according to Shannon Mortland, Media Representative with MetroHealth System.

Mortland would not specify why Allen’s condition had changed so drastically. As of late Tuesday evening she had been upgraded to fair condition and was quickly improving.

Allen was admitted to the hospital on April 12 following the shootings.

Kevin Allen, 51, of Strongsville, opened fire on his wife Katherina (Kate), and daughters, Kerri and Kayla, inside the restaurant. Kate and Kerri died in the shooting. Police shot and killed Allen after he refused to drop his weapon.

Police say the mother and her children went out to eat to celebrate Kerri’s birthday.

Kevin Allen had two previous run-ins with the law. He was arrested in 1995 for domestic violence and then for burglary 13 years later.

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