Devontae Nettles & others arrested shooting death

Mayor Frank Jackson & Chief Calvin Williams

(Cleveland) - Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams today announced additional updates in the shooting death of 9-year-old Saniyah Nicholson. On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Saniyah was seated in her mother’s vehicle near 4008 Lee Rd. with her adult sister while her mother ran errands. Gunfire erupted outside with two groups of young males firing at one another across the roadway. Saniyah was shot in the head and later died as a result of her injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting occurred between two groups of young males. Two males on foot exchanged gunfire with two males in a vehicle. Both of the occupants of the vehicle, a 19-year-old male named Devontae Nettles and a 17-year-old male have been arrested. 

One of the males on foot, a 17-year-old male was arrested and police are working with prosecutors to obtain a warrant for the second male on foot who is 16 years old. At this time there is no known gang affiliation. This case remains in the early stages and police continue to investigate as to if anyone else was involved.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact homicide investigators at 216-623-5464 or the Communications Control Section at 216-621-1234. Those who wish to do so may report anonymously. 

Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216-252-7463 or via text message: text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).

A cash reward of up to $20,000 may be available for information provided regarding the case. This reward has been made possible by generous donations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Marshals Service and Crimestoppers of Cuyahoga County.Law enforcement would like to thank the members of the public who have come forward with information regarding this incident, as well as members of the local media for the continued coverage and publishing of photos. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

(Photos by Cleveland Division of Police & Ken Robinson/WTAM

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