CLEVELAND (AP) - Police were searching Thursday night for a man
who fled on foot from a west side residential neighborhood after a
shooting in which five people, including children, were killed and
at least one other person was wounded.
Police SWAT, vice and gang units and a police helicopter swarmed
on the two-family home on a street of older, mostly two-story frame
homes and some apartment buildings. A police helicopter assisted in
the search and authorities were checking transit system buses.
A few people were milling around, some who were curious and some
who claimed to be family and friends of those killed.
One man said he was distraught and came to the area because his
daughter lives on the street. He said she sent him an unusual cell
phone text message at 7:47 p.m. saying "Call me, live your life,
love it." The shootings happened around 8 p.m.
"Then I tried to call her about 12 times, and there never was
an answer," said the man, Lamar Arnold. He said his daughter has
two sons and a daughter.
Arnold was at a police blockade, trying to get to the house
where the shootings occurred. He said he believed some of the
victims were family members.
"They told me both my daughters and my grandchildren are
dead," he said, although it was not clear who had told him that.
"I don't want to talk about it; I just want to go to my grandson
now. I want to see how he is, and that's all I care about now."
Arnold said he recognized the suspect in a police photo that was
shown on television, and said the man was married to his daughter,
who lived with her three children and with another of Arnold's
daughters and that woman's twins.