CLEVELAND -- Police and homicide detectives are investigating the death of a nurse found in downtown Cleveland bleeding and calling for help.
She has been identified as Aliza Sherman, 53, of Beachwood.
Police received a call around 5:30 p.m. Sunday for a woman screaming at 75 Erieview Plaza near East 12th Street behind the Galleria.
When they arrived, police found Sherman covered in blood. EMS transported her to MetroHealth Medical Center where she later died. Police say she still had her purse and it was unclear if anything else was taken.
Police Sgt. Sammy Morris says Sherman had multiple "defects to the torso" but would not say whether or not they were gunshot wounds. Multiple yellow evidence markers could be seen in the area.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said the autopsy is pending.
Homicide detectives processed the scene and are conducting an investigation. Morris continued to say that police "rarely have problems" downtown
The victim's car was found nearby and was towed from the area.
Sherman worked as an IVF nurse at the Cleveland Clinic's Beachwood campus. The Clinic released the following statement: "We are saddened by the tragic death of our long-time employee, Aliza, who was an invitro fertilization nurse. She has touched many lives and will always be remembered for her warmth and kindness. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Cleveland Police Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.