Cortland woman recounts shooting during Cleveland Cavaliers parade

Laurie Karasiewicz

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WYTV) – As Cleveland Police continue to investigate a shooting during the Cleveland Cavaliers championship rally and parade, a Cortland woman said she was nearly caught in the gunfire.

Laurie Karasiewicz-Fuzo said she was inside Jack Casino when the shooting happened just outside. She and her husband had gone inside for a drink and to cool off following the rally.

Police were called to the area just after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Ontario Street and Euclid Avenue for the shooting. Police said a 13-year-old girl was injured after being shot twice in the leg.

Karasiewicz-Fuzo says it was terrifying not knowing what was going on.

“As you’re in that moment, you don’t know if it’s one, two, if it’s, you know, just a handgun, if he’s got multiple rounds. I mean, all these stories of all these shootings that are going on, it just really, really shakes your soul when you’re in that situation,” she said.

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody at Euclid and East 4th Street shortly after the shooting. Investigators say he had a gun at the time of his arrest, but witnesses say he wasn’t the shooter.

Police are searching for a second suspect.

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