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Man shot duo outside downtown Cleveland homeless shelter, fired shots into building, police say

September 27, 2018

Man shot duo outside downtown Cleveland homeless shelter, fired shots into building, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio— A 40-year-old man is accused of shooting into a crowd of five men, hitting two, outside a downtown Cleveland homeless shelter.

Michael Fazekas of Cleveland is charged with felonious assault. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Tuesday for his arrest.

The shooting happened about 11:50 p.m. Sunday outside the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter, the state’s largest homeless shelter.

A group of men and a woman were standing outside the shelter waiting on others to come outside so they could all go to a strip club, police reports say.

Fazekas pulled up in a stolen car, according to police reports and court records. He got out of the car and started arguing with the group, police reports say.

A 36-year-old man told police he told Fazekas to leave them alone because none of them knew him. Fazekas argued with a 28-year-old woman and became “belligerent,” according to police.

The 36-year-old man shoved Fazekas to the ground and again told him to leave the group alone, according to police.

Fazekas ran back to his car, grabbed a handgun and fired two shots into the ground. Fazekas ran after the 36-year-old man firing shots at him as the man ran into the homeless shelter.

He fired at least five shots, including several into the building, according to police reports. One of the bullets hit the 36-year-old man in the leg.

A 27-year-old man told police he was walking out of the shelter when he was shot in the leg. He told police he ran and hid after hearing the gunfire and didn’t see the shooter or know what happened prior to that.

Fazekas also aimed the gun at the 28-year-old woman and fired but missed. Another man reported that he acted like he was shot when Fazekas pointed the gun at him so he wouldn’t shoot at him.

Fazekas ran back to a car that was reported stolen and fired two more shots at the group, according to police reports.

Officers noted finding a small bag of suspected cocaine where Fazekas was standing while firing shots, police said.

Police reports say Fazekas matches the description of the person who stole the car on Sept. 14 from a 64-year-old man on West 89th Street and Lorain Avenue, according to police reports.

Both men who were shot were treated at University Hospitals and released. 

Jessica Starr, a spokeswoman for the homeless shelter, workers ushered people away from the door when the gunfire erupted. She said they put several security measures in place since the shooting, including adding an extra monitor at the front door and locking that door all day instead of just in the night hours.

Fazekas has several prior felony convictions, including for failing to comply with police during a chase, drug trafficking, drug possession and assaulting a police officer.

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