A surge of gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend that left five children and seven adults shot in Cleveland is the work of “urban terrorists,” City Councilman Zack Reed tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group. said. The bloody holiday weekend began Friday night when a 7-year-old boy playing outside his home was shot in the hand. The bullet fired indiscriminately from a moving car was not meant for the boy, police said. On Saturday morning, after two men were shot in separate overnight incidents, a 9-year-old girl and her 2-year-old brother were shot in their home on the city’s West Side.
“There’s nothing you can tell those individuals,” Reed said. “They’re modern day urban terrorists. They don’t care whether they shoot a young child… Their mindset is that they’re not going to get caught. We need to improve our ability to go out and catch those guys.” Reed, who has been a champion of anti-violence programs and was defeated earlier this year in his attempt to have $200,000 set aside in the city’s budget to pay for” violence interrupters,” said local politicians and business and civic leaders need to bolster their efforts to combat violence. “We continue to put our heads in the sand,” Reed said. “We have yet to come up with a reasonable solution to deal with it.” In Chicago, shootings over the July 4th weekend left 10 people dead and 54 others wounded. A 7-year-old boy shot in the chest during an attack aimed at his father was among those killed, the Chicago Tribune reported.