1 dead in shooting incident at Cleveland shopping center

Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard and Capt. Scott Felts look at new information that streamed in Wednesday following a fatal shooting in the Truly Plaza shopping center between Hartz Chicken and H-E-B's fuel station. Looking on is Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett, who came to the scene to assist in the investigation.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

Cleveland police officers are investigating a shooting that resulted in one death around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday in the Truly Plaza shopping center.

“Two suspicious vehicles pulled into the parking lot of H-E-B. One was a white cargo van and the other was a small red truck. An individual got out of the cargo van and approached the red truck,” said Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard. “Witnesses heard what sounded like multiple gun shots. Shortly thereafter, the driver of the red truck exited the driver’s side of his vehicle and ran behind the dumpster at Hartz chicken.”

After taking cover behind the dumpster, the victim, described as a Hispanic male, age 16, then ran over to a car that was in the drive-thru lane at Hartz Chicken. Critically injured, he collapsed to the ground.

Both vehicles fled the scene after the shooting, heading south on Washington Ave. Police are still trying to determine if a passenger of the red truck fled the scene or if the truck was driven away by another person inside the van. The red truck was later set on fire in a field on CR 5018 in one of the predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods south of Plum Grove.

The victim of the shooting was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Emergency Hospital with CPR in progress. He later was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Police are still looking for the shooter and the van he was driving. The vehicle is believed to be an older Ford Econoline cargo van that was equipped with an overhead ladder rack. Surveillance video photos from the businesses in the shopping center are providing law enforcement with clear images of the vehicle.

Broussard said the white van is believed to have dents on both the passenger and driver’s sides.

Liberty County District Attorney Logan Pickett is assisting Cleveland PD with the investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Cleveland Police Department by calling 281-592-2622.

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