5-Month-Old Shot In Suspected Gang Violence In Cleveland

| by Jordan Smith

Aavielle Wakefield, a 5-month-old girl, was shot dead Oct. 1 while traveling in a car with her mother in southeast Cleveland.

The incident is believed to have been the result of gang-related violence, Daily Mail reported.

Wakefield was struck in the chest. She was rushed to a children’s hospital, where she later died.

“Another innocent child in our city has been taken from us, basically by thugs out there on the streets that want to carry on this vendetta against each other — and our innocent babies get caught in the crossfire,” said local police chief Calvin Williams, according to Daily Mail.

Wakefield is the third child to die in less than a month due to gunfire. Ramon Burnett died while playing football outside his grandmother’s house on Sept. 4, and on Sept. 15, Major Howard, 3, died from gunshots as he sat in a car.

“Enough is enough,” Williams added. "When are we going to stop counting babies being killed out there in the streets for nothing?"

Police suspected the shots came from an apartment block, which was raided by a SWAT team. However, no arrests were made.

“There are people who know what happened tonight,” said Williams. "There are things all over Facebook and social media, maybe even before this happened."

Tim McGinty, Cuyahoga County prosecutor, announced a $25,000 reward for anyone who could provide information about those involved, CBS News reported.

“There have been people lately — brave people — who have come forward and have given us information and allowed us to close cases fast,” said Williams, according to Daily Mail. "We need that tonight."

“My guys have been instructed to stay on this as long as it takes,” he added. "We want bodies in jail tonight for this crime."

Youth workers said on Oct. 2 that local residents heard around 12 gunshots being fired at the car, ABC News reported. Wakefield’s mother and at least one other person were traveling in the vehicle, but they did not suffer injuries.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend to support Wakefield’s family.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News, ABC News / Photo credit: Daily Mail