Indian American Teenager shot dead at sandwich shop

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — Police here said they arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of Sunny Ravi Patel, a 15-year-old boy working at Mr. Hero’s. Cleveland Heights. As per reports, Daveion Perry entered the Cleveland Heights shop on Oct. 14, fired a shot that struck Sunny Ravi Patel in the back of the head and then fled with money from a cash drawer, authorities said. Sunny, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, had decided not to watch a baseball playoff game with friends that night so he could help out at the shop, which is owned by an aunt and an uncle, relatives said. Perry also is charged with robbing a Subway sandwich shop in University Heights the following night and attempting to rob of a Dollar Store in Cleveland Heights the day after that.

The arrest happened two days after Sunny Ravi Patel, 15, was shot dead inside the sandwich shop on South Taylor Road here. As per reports, officers arrested the man, who they said matched the description of the shooter, as he walked into the Dollar General on Lee and East Overlook roads.

Police watched the man walk into the store. Officers approached him as he left and a foot chase ensued. Police eventually caught him on East Overlook Road. Police said they continue to investigate shooting and the suspect in custody.

Patel, of Highland Heights, attended Mayfield Heights High School and was working at Mr. Hero’s about 8 p.m. Friday when a masked gunman tried to rob the store.

The gunman shot Patel once in the head, stole cash from the register and ran from the store. Patel died at University Hospitals. A Cleveland Heights resident set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for his funeral. The account raised more than $9,400 toward its $10,000 goal by Monday afternoon. A judge set a $1 million bond for Perry earlier this week.

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