CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 16-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl suffered gunshot wounds Monday afternoon in what police have said is a gang retaliation over the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old gang member shot and killed last year.
No arrests have been made in the incident that happened about 5 p.m. Monday on East 37th Street and Capers Avenue in the city’s Central neighborhood.
The 16-year-old boy was the target of the gang members fire, according to police. The 5-year-old girl, who was walking with her mother at the time, was injured by stray gunfire, according to police reports.
The shooting was in retaliation to the March 5, 2017 fatal shooting of 15-year-old Javelle “Bam” Swift, who was a member of the Quincy Boys gang, according to police reports.
Members of a sect of the Quincy Boys gang renamed their crew after Swift’s nickname, calling themselves the “Bam Boys,” police reports say.
The injured 16-year-old boy is the brother of one of two men charged with aggravated murder in Swift’s death, according to police reports. Noah Allen, 20, and Devon Shade, 18, are both charged in Swift’s death.
The 16-year-old told police the Bam Boys 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.
Bam Boys members carried out Monday’s drive-by shooting, according to police reports.
The teen walked to a convenience store with a friend when a red Dodge Durango SUV passed them and turned around, according to police. The front passenger leaned out of the SUV and fired several shots with a handgun.
The teen and his friend ran down a side street before he realized a bullet struck him in the chest, according to police. A resident called 911 and the SUV sped away.
A mother walking with her 5-year-old daughter told police she saw the gunman open fire, picked up her daughter and ran to their home nearby. When she got home, she realized her daughter had been shot in the leg and called 911.
The 5-year-old girl was treated and released from MetroHealth. The 16-year-old boy remains hospitalized, according to police.
More stray bullets hit a car driving in the area, shattering its windshield and windows, according to police. The driver was not injured.