Surveillance video released of Cleveland gang retaliation shooting


By Adam Ferrise - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)



CLEVELAND — Surveillance video released on Friday shows a teen hanging out of the window of an SUV as he fired shots that wounded a 5-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy in a gang retaliation shooting.

The short video clip from a surveillance camera in the public housing complex on East 37th Street and Capers Avenue shows a red SUV turn the corner about 5 p.m. on March 12.

A teen stuck his head out the passenger side of the SUV and fired several gunshots. The 5-year-old girl and her mother ran from the gunfire and a man using a walker fell to the ground as the gunshots were fired.

The 5-year-old girl, who was hit in the leg by a stray bullet, was treated at a hospital. A 16-year-old boy who was the target of the shooting was hospitalized, but his current condition is unknown.

Two teens — ages 17 and 14 — were arrested in connection with the shooting. They are suspected gang members, according to police reports.

The injured 16-year-old boy is the brother of one of two men charged with aggravated murder in Javelle “Bam” Swift’s death, according to police reports. Noah Allen, 20, and Devon Shade, 18, are both charged in the March 5, 2017 slaying.

Swift was a suspected member of the Quincy Boys gang, according to police. Since his death, a subset of the gang emerged and called themselves Bam Boys in memorial to Swift.

The 16-year-old told police the Bam Boys gang have tried to kill him ever since Swift’s death. He said that they fired gunshots in to his mother’s home and his cousin’s home, according to police.

The teen and one of the Bam Boys sent hostile messages back and forth over Instagram shortly before the shooting, police reports say.

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By Adam Ferrise

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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