Cleveland experiences high crime rate over July 4 weekend

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police confirmed officers responded to 22 shootings, three of which were homicides, one hit-skip, and one stabbing that happened in the city on the Fourth of July.

An eight-year-old girl and several teenagers were among those shot.

Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Director Of Public Safety Karrie Howard and Police Chief Calvin D. Williams shared the following message in reaction to the volume of crime:

“Gun violence and violent crime is on the rise. This holiday weekend specificallythe city of Cleveland has seen a large number of incidents involving shootings and tragically, three people killed. There is no excuse for this violent activity and police are actively pursuing the perpetrators. We remind citizens to do their part. If you see something, say something. Anyone with crime tips is asked to call police. Anonymous information can be provided via crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.”

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