Baltimore Ravens linebacker shot

ADAM FERRISE
Advance Ohio Media (TNS)
This is a 2021 photo of Malik Harrison of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. This image reflects the Baltimore Ravens active roster as of Monday, June 14, 2021 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Malik Harrison was shot in the leg Sunday by a stray bullet during a shootout in downtown Cleveland, according to police and team officials.

The shooting happened about 8:20 p.m. on East 9th Street and Rockwell, according to police. Harrison was at Sausalito restaurant when he was shot, police said.

The Ravens said in a statement posted on Twitter that a stray bullet hit Harrison's calf. He was treated and released from a Cleveland hospital and will return to Baltimore on Monday, according to the statement.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that it is not thought to be a “severe” injury.

Harbaugh said Harrison is “in the process of getting it checked out” by team doctors and that he’s thankful things did not turn out to be worse.

I’m optimistic that it’s gonna be OK,” Harbaugh said. “I feel bad for the situation. Happy that he’s OK, very grateful that he’s OK and not hurt worse. Anything can happen, it’s just a tough situation.”

Harrison started the first five games of this season and has been credited with 22 tackles in seven overall appearances.

Cleveland police arrested four people in connection with the shooting. Formal charges have not been filed.

Harrison told police he was at Sausalito when a fight broke out and everyone was kicked out, according to police reports. Once outside, someone pulled out a gun, police reports said. Harrison told police he started running, heard gunshots and noticed he was shot.

Someone called police and reported someone fired gunshots after a large crowd gathered at the intersection.

Officers reported hearing about 10-15 gunshots as they got close to the area. They reported hearing another 8-10 shots across Rockwell Avenue, according to police.

An off-duty police officer reported a white Dodge Charger was speeding from the area. Officers spotted the car and stopped the car on East 9th Street and Chester Avenue.

Police found a man in the backseat bleeding from an undisclosed head injury. Police found two loaded guns inside the car.

A car parked on East 12th and Rockwell was shot several times. Bullets also hit the Dunkin' Donuts next to Sausalito, according to police.

The Ravens were on a bye week on Sunday. Harrison, 23, grew up in Columbus and is a former Ohio State Buckeye, who was drafted by Baltimore in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Harrison was a three-year starter at Ohio State and recorded 205 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, nine sacks, nine pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and an interception. OSU went 49-6 during his time, including wins in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes during that time twice went to the College Football Playoff, where they lost both times to Clemson.

As a senior in 2019, he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and second team from the media.