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Cleveland gunman missed target; shot 9-year-old girl, 2 others

July 14th, 2017 - Comments »

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Authorities said a gunman allegedly opened fire Thursday in the courtyard of an apartment complex in Central neighborhood but missed his intended target and ended up shooting a 9-year-old girl and two others.

Carlos Anderson, 34, is charged with felonious assault. He is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Friday for his arrest.

Court records show Anderson was accused of shooting his intended target in 2011.

The Thursday happened about 3 p.m. at the apartment complex on East 30th Street and Central Avenue, police said.

A witness reportedly saw Anderson walking into the courtyard with a gun and yelled: “Heads up.” That warning apparently allowed his target to get a head start and avoid being shot.

Witnesses and police said Anderson walked into the courtyard wearing a mask and fired at least 11 shots.

They said the 9-year-old girl, who was standing in the courtyard with her sister, was struck by a bullet as she ran from the gunfire.

Police said Anderson’s gunfire also hit a 37-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man.

In 2011, Anderson allegedly shot the man Sept. 23 in the 1500 block of Crawford Road, near Kenmore Avenue on the East Side wherein another man was also hurt.

Prosecutors eventually dropped the charge against Anderson without explanation.

Anderson is on probation for a 2016 drug trafficking conviction in which he was caught with marijuana, cocaine and a digital scale while driving on East 79the Street and Morris Court.

He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and was sentenced to one year on probation. He also spent two years in prison for a 2002 conviction for trafficking PCP and crack cocaine.

In 2001, he was convicted of preparing drugs for sale and possessing drugs.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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