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Man charged in shooting that killed one, injured 6 outside Cleveland bar after rap video shoot

August 7, 2018

Man charged in shooting that killed one, injured 6 outside Cleveland bar after rap video shoot

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is accused of participating in the shooting that killed a man and injured six others outside a bar where hip-hop artist Q Money recorded a scene for a music video.

Kelend Jones, 24, is charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Cortez Ruffin. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Tuesday for his arrest.

Ruffin was one of seven people shot July 26 outside the DPG Dog Pound Bar on St. Clair Avenue and East 186th Street.

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. Williams left, but about 100 of the followers remained at the bar.

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.

Several people tried to help Ruffin, who was knocked to the pavement by the first gunshot, police reports said. A different gunman walked up, stood over him and fired several bullets into his chest, police reports say.

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.

Jones was convicted of aggravated assault in a 2014 shootout and is currently facing charges that accuse him of speeding from state troopers in August 2017.

In the 2014 case, Jones and another man shot each other after an argument in the 12700 block of Locke Avenue. Jones was sentenced to two years probation for the shooting and for a separate conviction for dealing synthetic marijuana, also known as spice.

He was sentenced in March to one year of probation for having a loaded handgun in his car. Jones skipped a June 26 hearing to determine if he violated his probation after he was charged in the August 2017 police chase.

Jones pleaded not guilty to failing to comply with a police order and obstructing official business.

In that case, Ohio State troopers stopped Jones’ car on St. Clair Avenue near Casper Avenue for switching lanes several times without signaling, according to court records.

Jones didn’t have any identification and the trooper opened Jones’ door and asked him to step out, court records say. Jones refused and reached toward the center console. The trooper wrote in court records he feared Jones was reaching for a weapon so he fired his stun gun at Jones as Jones sped away.

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