3-year-old boy killed in drive-by shooting identified


CLEVELAND -- The 3-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night has been identified as Major Howard, has been confirmed.

He was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center following surgery Wednesday morning.

Some are using the hashtag #RIPMajor to pay tribute to the boy.

A 24-year-old woman was also shot in the drive-by. Cleveland Police identified her as Rob'Dasha Smith late Wednesday. She was treated at MetroHealth and released about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Police investigated the scene on E. 113th Street between Union and Regalia avenues late Tuesday night. The shooting happened around 7:10 p.m.

Major Howard was shot in the chest and Smith was struck in the thigh.

Cleveland Police say that preliminary information reveals that the victims were passengers in a vehicle that was fired upon by occupants of another vehicle. Smith is not Major's mother.

The male driver of the vehicle that both victims were in drove them to the Cleveland Clinic.

They were later taken by LifeFlight to MetroHealth Medical Center.

Late Wednesday morning, police were investigating a vehicle of interest in the 2900 block of E. 104th Street. Neighbors say that vehicle had been on fire.

Police had earlier announced they were seeking a white, four-door Sedan, possibly a Toyota.

The motives remain unknown at this time.

Stay with WKYC.com as more details become available.

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