Cleveland 13 year old accidentally shot while playing with gun
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 13-year-old boy was accidentally shot while he and two other boys played with a gun, police said.
The shooting happened about 5 p.m. Sunday at a home on East 66th Street, north of Union Avenue in the city’s Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhood, according to police.
The teen was playing with a gun in a bedroom with two 16-year-old boys when someone dropped the gun and it fired a bullet into his left leg.
A 1-year-old girl was in the same room when the shooting happened, but suffered no injuries, police reports say.
His 21-year-old sister and the other teens called 911 and reported that a man walked into the backyard, shot the 13-year-old boy and ran off.
Cleveland police detectives, however, interviewed the 21-year-old woman, who later admitted that she initially lied to police because the group panicked when the boy was shot, police reports say.
The boy was taken to MetroHealth, where he was treated and released.
Investigators noted that it appeared someone tried to clean up blood at the top of the stairs where the shooting happened and used a shirt to wipe up blood from the carpet, police reports say.
The two 16-year-old boys were still watching TV in the upstairs bedroom when detectives arrived, police reports say.
The 13-year-old boy later told police that the group stashed the gun under a garbage can in the backyard. Police found the gun there and noted the .22-caliber revolver had no serial number.
The boy’s father came to the house after the shooting and was arrested on a drug possession warrant, police reports say.
Social workers with the Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services recommended that the boy be placed in the care of other family members when he was released from the hospital.
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