Two charged in triple shooting at Ohio City’s Market Square Park

October 3, 2018

Two charged in triple shooting at Ohio City’s Market Square Park

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two men are charged in connection with a shooting in the city’s popular Ohio City neighborhood that injured three people, including the suspected shooter. 

Talib Saahir, 66, is charged with felonious assault and Deontray Pace, 34, is charged with obstructing justice. The charges were filed on Wednesday. Both are in the Cleveland City Jail awaiting their first court appearances.

The shooting happened about 9:30 pm. Monday at the Market Square Park on West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue across the street from the West Side Market, and near a stretch of bars and restaurants that are among the city’s most popular nightlife destinations.

A 36-year-old woman suffered a gunshot would to the head as she tried to break up the fight, police said. The bullet lodged in her forehead and she needed surgery to remove the bullet. She was able to give a statement to police. She is a mother of two young children, friends said at the scene Monday night. 

A 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and arm, police said. The fight started when that man, who was upset over his girlfriend breaking up with him and because he lost his cellphone, asked to use someone’s cellphone.

They argued and Saahir pulled out a knife and threatened him, police said. A fight ensued and the 34-year-old man punched Pace, who was with Saahir, in the mouth, police reports say.

Saahir left, went to his car and grabbed a handgun, police said. He returned and pointed the gun at the 34-year-old man who threw the punch, according to police.

Several people, including the 34-year-old man and the 36-year-old woman, tried to wrestle the gun away and break up the fight.

Saahir fired shots that hit the woman in the head, police said. The 34-year-old man wrestled Saahir to the ground and the two fought over the gun.

Saahir more shots as he lay on the ground, hitting the 34-year-old man and shooting himself in the head, according to police.

Another man at the scene ran up and kicked Saahir in the head after the shooting, police reports say.

Officers found the gun next to Saahir and noted that he smelled of alcohol and had a knife in his waistband, police reports say. 

Pace, who was bleeding from his mouth, refused to tell officers what happened at the scene and was arrested, according to court records.

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