Man Guilty Of Attempted Murder At McDonalds Drive-Thru

Cleveland, OH - A man was convicted of attempted murder late Wednesday in a shooting at a McDonald's drive-through that was caught on the restaurant's surveillance cameras.

But Ibrahim Abdul-Haqq, 20, was acquitted of a gang-related specification tied to the shooting. Cuyahoga County Judge Nancy Fuerst immediately sentenced Abdul-Haqq to eight years in prison.

The shooting took place about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 27, 2014 at the McDonald's at East 105th Street and St. Clair Avenue. It was captured on video.

Abdul-Haqq walked up to three people in a sedan stopped at a drive-through window. When he got within a few feet of the car, he pulled out a handgun and opened fire. He chased the car as it sped away.

One of the passengers, a 19-year-old man, was shot in the leg.

The shooting was to avenge a Thanksgiving day drive-by at Abdul-Haqq's grandmother's home, prosecutors said. Abdul-Haqq was the intended target, but no one was injured, prosecutors said.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Bokoch praised the work of the Cleveland police department's gang impact unit for solving the case.

"Because of their efforts, a very violent young man will off the streets for at least eight years and the city will be safer for it," Bokoch said in an emailed statement.

Abdul-Haqq was no stranger to violence of the streets.

He used to box at Cory Recreation Center. He earned his nickname, "Broke Head," after he was shot in the head during a street dispute as a teenager, according to police and court records.

After he was shot, Abdul-Haqq became involved with the anti-violence group Peace in the Hood, said the group's CEO, Khalid Samad.

Samad said in an interview earlier this year that after months of working with Abdul-Haqq, the young man stopped participating in the program, and fell back into life on the streets.

Abdul-Haqq and several others were arrested and charged in January as part of an attempted take down of the Cutthroats, an East Side street gang that police say is a subset of the Heartless Felons.

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