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CLEVELAND (WJW) — City detectives now investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy near James Ford Rhodes High School are looking for three male suspects believed to have been driving past in a vehicle.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the teen shot in the head Tuesday morning as Andre D. Wells.
EMS responded to the 5100 block of Stickney Avenue and transported Wells to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition. He died Thursday.
Two other victims were there, according to new information from police Thursday: a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, both of whom were not injured.
The three victims were standing on the sidewalk when a red and black vehicle drove past, according to police. Someone inside the vehicle fired a gun, striking Wells in the head.
The suspect vehicle has since been recovered, according to a release, but no arrests have been made.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call investigators at 216-623-5464. Anonymous tips can also be delivered to Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME (252-7463). A cash reward of up to $5,000 may be available.
The case was initially under investigation by the Second District Detective Bureau. The city police department’s homicide unit has now taken over, according to police.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Metropolitan School District issued a statement Thursday:
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Andre’s family and all others who are grieving. We have put extra supports in place to help students as they cope with the loss of their classmate.”