WARREN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – Police are investigating after a person passed away following a shooting into a Warren Township home on Monday.
Officers were called just after 4 a.m. to Bane Street SW after receiving numerous 911 calls reporting that someone had been hit by gunfire. A neighbor said they heard several shots and saw a vehicle going down the street.
Family members at the scene said shots were fired and 65-year-old Mark Cleveland was shot in the leg. The family member said he bled to death at the scene.
“He’s always been real cooperative with us on anything. He’s lived here for a long time,” said Warren Township Police Chief Donald Bishop, who had known Cleveland for a number of years.
Now he needs cooperation from the family to solve Cleveland’s death.
Bishop said multiple shots were fired into the house with a high-powered rifle. He said there were 11 to 12 people inside at the time of the shooting, including children.
Investigators think the shooting may be connected to three other houses that were shot into within a short time frame.
“Once I got here, I was advised there was a house they tried to firebomb and then a house on Sweetbrier that was shot up,” Bishop said. “It appears the same type of casings we have here are the casings that are there…so we’re just still in the process of putting everything together.”
Police found evidence of 20 shots fired into a home on Sweetbrier Avenue coming from four different types of weapons. Nobody was hurt, but a bullet broke through a wall where a child was sleeping. The people living there were not aware of anyone who would have fired into their house.
Bane Street has another section breaking off of Highland Avenue, and three people living there have also reported shots being fired into their home in the last month.
“We don’t really associate with anybody. It’s terrible, whatever it is. It’s gotta be random violence and that’s just terrible,” a resident said.
Bishop said there was no motive for Monday morning’s shooting, but it was clear that Cleveland’s death is taking a toll on the neighborhood.
Some other near misses opened Bishop’s eyes.
“A lot of kids in that house and they open fire on a house like that, to me, that concerns me. They got young kids that have nothing to do with anything.”
Bishop said the family has been cooperative, and that it would take more time before investigators with the police department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are able to push out all the possibilities and establish a motive.