- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A teenager was killed and a 12-year-old boy hospitalized Sunday after gunmen opened fire during an impromptu anti-violence rally just outside Cleveland, police said.

The fatal shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at Sims Park Beach in Euclid, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Police said about 200 to 300 residents had gathered on the beach for a “Stop the Violence Beach Party” at Sims Park when the shots rang out.

Police said 19-year-old Phillip Banks was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, though the intended target is still unknown. Mr. Banks was transported from Sims Park to Euclid Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 12-year-old was also shot in the back and was hospitalized for treatment. His condition is unknown, NBC News reported.

The unknown number of suspects are still on the run, police said.

Separately, an 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder shortly after 9 p.m., just a half-mile away from the beach party. He was hospitalized for treatment and his condition is unknown, police said.

Police are investigating the possibility that the two incidents are related, NBC News reported.



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