CLEVELAND (WJW) — A pregnant woman is speaking out to the FOX 8 I-Team about rampant gun violence in Cleveland after she and an infant both got shot over the weekend in what appears to be a case of road rage.
Cleveland police are asking for tips to identify the suspected gunman captured on a security camera.
Starla Love told the I-Team why she feels lucky to be alive.
She said, “My six-month old nephew, he got shot in his back. When the bullet hit me, the glass went through my leg as well as the bullet.” Saturday night, a man confronted Starla and other relatives as they rode together near E. 116 and Union.
She said, “He was trying to kill us. There was no doubt about it. Just came close to us, blocked us in, said we hit his car or almost hit his car, and then he started shooting at us.” She added,
“We don’t know where this guy came from. We never hit his car.”
We also spoke to the mother of little Maysyn Hill. Angelique Moore said, “He’s a survivor. My baby got hurt. Our kids are getting hurt. It hits close to home. This is my child. My first born.”
The family is disgusted by the constant gunfire in the streets — can’t miss the protesting going on these days worldwide against police use of force. Starla Love sees it, and she wonders, after what just happened to her family, why isn’t there that kind of outrage over all kinds of violence?
She said, “I feel like crime is crime. If you’re an officer who commits crime, you should be charged. If you’re a citizen who commits crime, you should be charged.”
The I-Team investigated, and we found this case comes with the number of shootings way up on Cleveland streets. We’ve reported on a spike in the number of murders. And, now we’ve found the number of people shot and wounded up more than 20%. Already this year, well over 400 of those cases.
Little Maysyn will recover. So will Starla. But moving on not as easy as it sounds.
Starla Love said, “I’m grateful to speak about this. At the same time, it’s hard.”
Cleveland police are hoping someone recognizes the photo of the suspect or his car. Got a tip? Call Fourth District detectives, or, call Crime Stoppers and possibly get a reward.