‘We need the public’s help’: Cleveland Heights police working to solve recent fatal shootings

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS (WJW) — Cleveland Heights leaders held a press conference in front of city hall today to address three fatal shootings that occurred in the community over the past two weeks.

“At this time there is no evidence to suggest that these incidents are related,” Cleveland Heights Police Chief Annette Mecklenburg said, kicking off the the press conference. “However, we do believe that at least the first two incidents were not random crimes and we are continuing to investigate Sunday morning’s shooting.”

Yesterday, Cleveland Heights police reported that a 24-year-old Reginald Thomas Jr. was shot at around 1 a.m. in the morning while riding in a car. The man later died from his injuries. Mecklenburg said today that at this time police believe that man and the driver of the car he was riding in were on their way home, and they may have been innocent bystanders.

Police did release a suspected vehicle photo, as seen below, and ask that anyone with information regarding the incident reach out to them immediately.

Courtesy of Cleveland Heights police

In the first incident, which happened on Sept. 12., 23-year-old Malik Moore was shot and killed on his way home on Oakdale Road. Police are still looking for a suspect, Mecklenburg said, but police believe that Moore did know his assailant.

The second shooting happened on Sept. 16, when 26-year-old Travon Powell was shot three times in an apartment building. There was reportedly an altercation before the shooting occurred. Two suspects have reportedly been apprehended and charged in the shooting death of the man.

Mecklenburg said they are working to minimize crimes in the city, including adding more police presence and bringing in three new K-9s. She said the detectives are doing everything they can to solve these cases and keep the community safe.

“However, we need the public’s help,” Mecklenburg said. “If you see anything suspicious please let us know.”

Crimestoppers is prepared to offer a reward to anyone with information related to these crimes, Mecklenburg said. They can be reached anonymously at 216-252-7463.

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