Cleveland: Manhunt continues for suspect in W.89th shooting of six; five dead
CLEVELAND -- A manhunt is underway as police are searching for a suspect in the shooting of six people Thursday night at a West 89th Street address.
Police confirm that five people are dead in the shooting that occurred around 8 p.m. near Detroit Avenue.
The five victims have been identified. Lechea Crawford, 30 is the wife of the suspect, Rose Stevens, 25 is the sister of Lechea and three of Rose's children; Destiny Woods, 4 and Dion and Davion Primm, 2 year old twin boys.
A 12-year-old was able to get out of the two-family home and tell neighbors about the shooting.
A woman at a nearby convenience store was overheard sobbing into a cell phone, "My sister's dead. My sister's dead. They are all dead."
Among the six shot are two infants, one child, two teens and one adult.
Three of the victims were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Among them, two teens are dead and the third, a juvenile under the age of 13, is still hanging on.
A community rally and vigil are scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. outside of the house. Organizers will make an appeal for the suspect to turn himself in. The vigil will honor the lives of the dead.
Police have identified the suspect as 33-year-old Davon Craword. He is described as being 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds.
He was last seen on the west side of Cleveland near W.89th and Detroit Avenue wearing a multi-colored sweatshirt. He is known to frequent the southeast side of Cleveland.
He is believed to be armed and dangerous with a semi-automatic handgun.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Cleveland Police. Police say do not attempt to approach Crawford.
Crawford lives and works on the southeast side of the city on Miles Parkway.
When police arrived on scene, the suspect was gone.
Within minutes, police had a description of Crawford and the manhunt began. Buses have been locked down and RTAs are being checked. Helicopters are in the air and SWAT teams, vice and gang units are all involved in the investigation.
Based on Cuyahoga County records, Crawford has had prior run-ins with the law. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sent to prison. He got out, but was later convicted of felonious assault on a domestic related case.
A relative talked to Channel 3 News and said that Crawford was his new son-in-law.
The relative's daughter, who has been married to Crawford for a short time, lives in the W.89th Street home with multiple children, including two-year-old twin daughters.
The relative, the father of the female victim, saw Crawford's picture on the news and came out to see what was happening.
The father said he received a text message at 7:47 p.m. saying, "live your life." Shortly after, the shooting occurred.
Powell Caesar of the Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office says the dead remain unidentified.
Witnesses say there were at least 15 police cars, three ambulances and a number of fire trucks at W. 89th Street.
Check back with wkyc.com and Channel 3 News for updates.
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