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One dead after shooting at East Side lounge

James W. Wade III | 1/29/2014, 10:44 a.m.

Early Saturday morning, Cleveland Police responded to Ms. Martha’s Restaurant and Lounge at 2866 E. 116th Street. Upon arrival, a male victim was found to have a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead on scene by EMS.

The police said the incident happen around 1:53 a.m.

The police also said, during their investigation, they discovered that a fight between two females started outside of Ms. Martha’s. The victim and another male may have tried to intervene, shots were fired by unknown person into the group of people and the victim was fatally injured. There is no suspect description or information at this time.

Crime is nothing new to this neighborhood and the residents are growing restless.

“We are getting tired of all these shootings in our area. Many of us who live in this community want it to be better,” said community activist Bob Render.

Ms. Martha’s, known for their great food and fun atmosphere, has security and attempts to reduce conflict at the establishment.

The Call & Post reached out to Ms. Martha’s for comments but no one returned the call.

The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit along with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and hospital for investigation. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has identified the murder victim as Elijuah Jackson and will determine the final cause of death. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact homicide investigators at (216) 623-5464.

Anonymous information can be given through Crimestoppers.

In July of last year, three male victims reported that, while at Ms. Martha’s, they were in line to purchase admission to a party when they were approached by two Black males. One of the males pulled out a handgun and the two suspects robbed the victims of money and a cell phone. The suspects fired several shots at the victims before fleeing through the lot toward East 117th Street.

For years, the Buckeye area has been plagued by people robbing various stores and gangs beating people up. Crime has caused a couple of businesses to leave the area. Lucy’s Sweet Surrender had been a Cleveland institution on Buckeye since 1957.

Michael Feigenbaum, who bought the business from Lucy Ortelecan in 1994, didn’t know if he would continue to operate the bakery out of fear for his wife’s safety after a masked gunman shot her.

His wife, Marika, was wounded when a bullet traveled through her shoulder. The robber also hit her in the head with the gun after she told him the bakery didn’t have a safe or large amount of cash.

The Revol store was robbed a few times and the deli, once a great place to stop for lunch, all closed due to their safety.

Commander Deon McCulley does not take crime in his area lightly. He and his officers are always looking to change the face of the Buckeye community, even at times going door to door looking for criminals.