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Man arrested in deadly shootout in Cleveland’s sixth fatal shooting in five days

September 5, 2018

Man arrested in deadly shootout in Cleveland’s sixth fatal shooting in five days

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with a shootout that killed one man and injured two others, including himself, police said.

The man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated murder and felonious assault. Formal charges have not been filed.

The shooting killed Martez Thomas, 23, of Lyndhurst. His death marked the third fatal shooting in Cleveland in 18 hours and the sixth in five days.

The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Tuesday on East 121st Street and Union Avenue in the city’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.

Thomas and a 20-year-old man were sitting in a car on the street when another car pulled up, police said.

Several people walked up to their car and opened their car doors, police said. The two groups exchanged gunfire.

Thomas was shot in the head and chest and his 20-year-old passenger also suffered a gunshot wound to the head. Both were taken to University Hospitals where Thomas died.

The 20-year-old murder suspect was shot five times total in the left elbow, hip and buttocks, police said. The shooters all sped away after the shootout.

The group then dropped off the 20-year-old man at Southpointe hospital, where he was arrested.

Three others were shot on Tuesday, including a 17-year-old boy, Nicholas Cerutti, who was shot in the neck and Rhonda Sternes, 34, who died while sitting in her living room chair after someone shot bullets through her home.

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