A pregnant woman and her unborn child, together with three other people have been killed by a gunman in a shooting in the US city of Cleveland.
NBC News report that the tragic incident occurred on Friday night after a 41-year-old woman — accompanied by her 9-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son — drove up to a house on the city's east side. The woman sent the little girl inside the house to fetch clothing where she apparently interrupted the gunman.
Police said the girl discovered "one or some" of the shooting victims — a 60-year-old man, a 19-year-old man, and a 17-year-old girl. "At that time, a male armed with a handgun ran toward the 9-year-old and fired a shot, grazing the girl in the chest," police said in a statement Saturday.
The unidentified gunman, whom the girl described as wearing a mask, then rushed outside, where he shot and killed the girl's mother. The toddler, who was in the back seat of the car, was not injured.
"Only an animal would do something like this to another human being," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
On the day of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's death in his prison cell, prison officers falsified logs and didn't properly complete rounds, according to a state report released today.
A review by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction found that rounds were missed and logs falsified in the six hours before Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell on 3 September.
Castro had been serving a sentence of life plus 1,000 years for the abduction, torture and detention of three Cleveland women. He had been taken off suicide watch in June but was supposed to have been checked on every 30 minutes by guards.
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Michelle Knight smiled as her former captor Ariel Castro was taken out of court to begin his life sentence.
Ariel Castro has been sentenced to a total of 1,000 years in prison as well as a £100,000 fine for all of the 937 charges he faced.
Sentencing Judge Michael Russo told Castro: "You callously set out to do wrong" and spoke of Castro's"narcissism."
Ariel Castro has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Judge Michael Russo is still listing further sentences for all of the 937 charges, including rape and aggravated murder relating to the kidnap and imprisonment of women, which Castro is facing.
Photographs were shown to the court of the inside of Ariel Castro's house in Ohio where he held three women for more than a decade.
Addressing the court Ariel Castro said: "Finally I would like to apologise to the victims. To Amanda Berry and Gina De Jesus and Michelle Knight. I am truly sorry for what happened.
Tearing up Castro continued: "To this day I'm trying to answer my own questions, I don't know why....I had everything going on for me...I just hope they can find it in their hearts to forgive me. Because we had a lot of harmony going on in that home."
Addressing the court before his sentencing Ariel Castro said: "I know it's wrong and I'm not trying to make excuses I know I'm 100% wrong for doing that. But I'm trying to say I'm not a violent person.
He continued: "I was driven by sex.
"Amanda [Berry], she got in my car without knowing who it was, I'm not trying to put in her, but I'm just saying I'm not a violent predator, I'm not a monster. I'm just sick, I have an addiction, just like an alcoholic has an addiction."
In an emotional victim's statement Michelle Knight has told her captor of 11 years Ariel Castro that she, "will overcome all this that happened."
Ms Knight was the only one of the women kidnapped by Castro who spoke for herself, the other women were represented by family or lawyers.