Sunday, June 04, 2006
Cleveland braces for another deadly summer
Five people killed in separate slayings across Cleveland
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Donna J. Miller and Steve LuttnerPlain Dealer Reporters
In less than 48 hours, four men and a teenage boy were killed in unrelated homicides in Cleveland. A 48-year-old man died at Huron Hospital on Saturday after he was shot in a driveway in the 1900 block of East 89th Street. Police did not disclose the man's name because relatives had not yet been contacted.
The man was working on a vehicle in the driveway about 6:15 p.m. when someone approached, fired several shots at him and then fled, said Sgt. Dan Galmarini, a police spokesman. About 15 hours earlier, several men pulled Dawud Salim, 37, from his car, which was stopped at a red light on Lorain Avenue at Fulton Road, Galmarini said.
Salim was beaten and stabbed in the chest before he was able to get back into his car. The unknown assailants were driving a red or maroon car, a witness told police.
About 1:15 a.m. Friday, Russell Sutich, 30, was shot several times when he tried to break up a group of men loitering or dealing drugs outside Helen's Tavern on Storer Avenue. Neil Losch, 22, is charged with aggravated homicide. A possible accomplice, Gregory Sheppard II, 19, was in police custody on Saturday.
At 10:40 p.m. Friday, Davontae Pearson, 15, of Warrensville Heights, was fatally stabbed by a man who told police that he was defending himself against Pearson and two other teens who jumped him in the 3900 block of East 146th Street, Galmarini said.
The man, 29, also stabbed one of the 17-year-olds who was with Pearson. William Price is recovering at MetroHealth Medical Center. The man said he was walking home from work and had the knife for self-defense. He was arrested, but not charged, while detectives investigate.
In the fifth homicide, police are looking for Kevin L. Nance, 31, a suspect in the fatal shooting of Lambert C. Collins Jr., 36. Collins was shot about 9:30 p.m. Thursday while arguing with another man on a Colgate Avenue front porch.
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