It happened at about 2:20 p.m. in the 3500 block of West 66th Street, near the Barberton Avenue intersection, according to Cleveland police Deputy Chief Ali Pillow.
A preliminary investigation revealed the boy was inside a car with his mother and 11-month-old brother and the 31-year-old man was outside the car having a conversation when shots rang out.
The adult man is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Pillow said.
Two people are in custody for questioning, according to information from police sources provided to the FOX 8 I-Team.
Pillow said investigators are now looking for additional persons of interest.
“I’d ask the public to offer their condolences and prayers to the family,” he said.
Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) wrote:
Earlier today, our city lost a precious child to gun violence. This heartbreaking incident is another reminder that we must come together as a city, state and nation to address this violence and its root causes.
No words can adequately express the pain and the sorrow of this tragedy. In the face of this loss, I ask the community to come together to support this family and to reaffirm our commitment to a safer city.
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