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Gun violence chases Little Leaguers from city park

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A Little League is moving its games away from Thrush Park in Cleveland after two shootings in three days.

The West Denison Little League is scrambling to find other city fields.

A man was murdered there Saturday and that led to a game being canceled. Monday night, a teen was shot and wounded at the edge of the park as kids were playing ball across the field.

Donna Woods, president of the league, says games that had been scheduled for Thrush won't be played there until parents feel confident their kids can be safe.

"It's the best thing, we all agreed,  that area is hot right now," Woods said. "And our number one priority is the safety of our children and their families."

Cleveland Police say Monday's shooting happened even with officers at the park on foot patrol. It happened at the other end of the park from where kids were playing, but for parents, still too close.

"We know it has nothing to do with the kids playing, but we can't be looking over our shoulders," said Brian Kazy. "It's a scary thing."

Monday evening, friends and relatives held a vigil at Thrush for the man murdered.

Cleveland City Hall is working with the league to find other fields. Police say they will have more patrols at Thrush. But the league leaders are not sure when they'll feel comfortable having kids play there again.

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