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Seventh person charged in shootout that killed 9-year-old Cleveland girl

October 2, 2018

Seventh person charged in shootout that killed 9-year-old Cleveland girl

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A seventh person is charged in connection with the shootout that killed a 9-year-old girl. 

Timothy Malcom Greene, 20, of Cleveland is charged with aggravated murder. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Tuesday for his arrest.

Three other adults and three teens have already been charged in the June 20 shooting that killed Saniyah Nicholson.

The adults-- Aaron George, 18, Ce’Matizea Andrews, 19, and Devontae Nettles, 19-- are charged with aggravated murder in the June 24 shooting that killed Saniyah Nicholson. All have pleaded not guilty.

Three teens -- a 16 year old and two 17 year olds  -- also face aggravated murder charges related to the shootout. They have denied the charges and are being held in the county’s juvenile detention center.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams previously said two groups argued prior to the shooting, but he declined to elaborate on the disagreement.

The shooting happened outside the DNA Level Boxing Club on Lee Road near Cloverside Avenue, shortly after Saniyah’s mother, Marshawnette Daniels, stopped to pick up her 14-year-old son from the gym.

Daniels was inside about 7:30 p.m. when a group in a stolen car drove by and fired several gunshots at a group standing on the corner, police said. The other group returned fire.

Police said Nettles was driving the car and George, Andrews and one of the 17-year-old boys were inside the car. The 16-year-old boy and the other 17-year-old boy were walking along Lee Road, police said. 

Witnesses said at least 15 gunshots were fired during the shootout. A bullet ripped through the windshield of Daniels’ car and hit Saniyah in the forehead, killing her instantly, as her 20-year-old sister sat in the backseat.

Daniels ran outside, held Saniyah in her arms and screamed “Not my baby!” until an ambulance arrived to take the girl to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Police later found the stolen car on East 83rd Street near Holton Avenue. 

Daniels and Saniyah’s father, Robert Nicholson, said their daughter was an excellent student and a loving daughter.

She attended John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Maple Heights, where she made the honor roll during her final semester, her father said.

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