CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - What was supposed to be a celebration of turning another year older turned into a tragedy that ended an 11-year-old boy’s life in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Division of Police said officers responded to the shooting on the 1800 block of E. 97th Street around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Crews were flagged down by two juveniles who carried Tyshaun Taylor, 11, outside to Chester Avenue after he was shot in the chest in an apartment, according to police.
Fire and EMS immediately started treated him and took him to University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Police said officers on scene learned that the apartment’s resident allowed her 16-year-old son to host a birthday party and left to go to a nearby store.
She learned about the shooting when she came back, according to police.
According to the Cleveland Division of Police, members of the Homicide Unit and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene for the investigation.
East Cleveland City Schools released a statement on the loss of Taylor:
“The East Cleveland City Schools is deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected loss of Tayshaun Taylor. He attended Chambers Elementary school where he stood out as an exceptional student with a promising future. There will be grief counselors available to the students and staff to help cope with this tragic loss. Our prayers are with the family.”