Man with Parkinson’s disease robbed at gunpoint on Cleveland’s west side

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CLEVELAND- A grandfather is speaking out to FOX 8 about the wave of gun violence on Cleveland streets after he says he was robbed at gunpoint simply walking to work.

Kevin Oney battles Parkinson’s disease. He said two guys with a gun held him up in the wee hours of one morning last week near West 117th Street and Lorain Avenue.

“These two guys came up to me, flashed me a gun, and said ‘Gimme all you got or else we’re gonna kill you,'" Oney said. “I felt helpless. Would he have shot me? I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not. It’s that thinking you don’t have a choice.”

Oney and his wife have seen the headlines in recent days: a child shot and killed, teens shot at corner stores and more. The couple can’t make sense of all that’s happening.

And we found just 20 blocks away, this weekend, robbers with a gun hit a Little Caesars Pizza Shop. Plus, records show robberies with a gun on the far-west side of the city have gone up 16 percent. That figure is more than twice the rise for robberies with a gun citywide.

As for Oney’s case, Cleveland police investigators are now looking for video and similar crimes in the hopes of finding clues.

Last week, Cleveland police announced they’d taken dozens of guns away from gang members. This weekend, police said they seized more guns.

But Oney wonders what will change the thinking that it’s OK to hurt or threaten other people with guns.

“It’s real complicated,” Oney said. “It’s a cultural thing. I don’t know how you fix a problem with the culture.”

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