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One of 7 people shot after video shoot outside Cleveland bar dies

August 1, 2018

One of 7 people shot after video shoot outside Cleveland bar dies

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 27-year-old man died Wednesday, six days after he was one of seven people shot outside a Cleveland bar where the rapper Q Money recorded a scene for a music video.

Cortez Ruffin, who has addresses in Warrensville Heights and Cleveland, died on Wednesday at MetroHealth. No arrests have been made in the July 26 shooting outside the DPG Dog Pound bar on St. Clair Avenue and East 186th Street.

Ruffin was shot two different times during the melee. He was shot after he broke up a fight between two women and was knocked to the pavement. Several people tried to help him, when a different gunman walked up, stood over him and fired several bullets into his chest, police reports say.

The incident began about 1:30 a.m. in the bar’s parking lot. Two women got into a fight and Ruffin ran over to separate the two, according to police reports and surveillance of the incident viewed by cleveland.com.

Another fight broke out between Ruffin and several other men. That fight escalated as more people joined the fight.

A man then pulled out a gun and fired into the crowd, hitting Ruffin. Some 100 people gathered outside the bar scattered as gunfire erupted.

At least one other person in the crowd fired shots. Six others between the ages of 19 and 26, were injured in the shooting. Ruffin and another man were taken to area hospitals.

The others who were shot ran to cars and were dropped off at area hospitals. A 23-year-old man suffered several gunshot wounds to his side and arm. Others were shot in the foot, bicep, stomach, arm, according to police reports.

Investigators scoured the area and found two guns hidden behind a garage on East 186th Street, police reports say.

Q Money, whose real name is Qamar Williams, said in an interview with cleveland.com that he pushed to film the first music video in Cleveland, the first since he signed a record deal with Warner Bros.

He filmed at several locations that day, starting out at Mark Tromba Park and London Liquor Store on St. Clair and East 162nd Street. They finished filming at the bar, and the 22-year-old Williams said he and his film crew left shortly before the gunfire erupted.

Dozens of people followed him to each site, including the bar.

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