Feuding Cleveland neighbors exchange gunfire across street, police say

Edward Panza Sr.  

CLEVELAND, Ohio –Two feuding neighbors in Cleveland are accused of engaging in a firefight across their West Side street.

Edward Panza, 37, and Tony Powell II, 19, are each charged with third-degree discharging a firearm on or over a public roadway.

Bullets from the exchange ended up in the homes of two nearby neighbors, but no one was hurt in the shooting, according to a Cleveland police report.  

The firefight happened around 8:40 a.m. Saturday on West 140th Street, about two blocks south of Lorain Avenue in the city’s Jefferson neighborhood.

Panza and Powell stood on opposite sides of the street and yelled at one another. Powell fired off one or two rounds, the report says. Panza was standing next to his wife and child, the report says.

Police say the duo have had an ongoing feud. 

Officers charged Panza with the same offense as Powell after finding a spent bullet next to where he was standing, court documents say. Panza initially denied firing the weapon or owning a gun, documents say.

One bullet struck the front of a neighbor’s home, and a second bullet went through another home before lodging in a fireplace mantle, the report says.

Officers arrested Panza at the scene and took him to the city jail. He was charged Tuesday, and a warrant for Powell’s arrest was issued the same day, records say. Powell has not been taken into custody.

Panza’s bond was set at $50,000 during his Wednesday arraignment, where a judge bound his case over to a Cuyahoga County grand jury. 

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