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Boardman boy, 9, accidentally shoots friend, 13

Published: Sat, February 19, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

Staff report


Police are still contemplating charges against a 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot his friend.

Police said the 9-year-old boy accidentally shot his 13-year-old friend in the upper arm around 6:40 p.m. Thursday at an apartment complex at 4051 Glenwood Ave. The 13-year-old boy was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment and is in stable condition, according to reports.

The 9-year-old showed officers a silver .38 special handgun, which the boy said fired accidentally, under a bush near the apartment, reports state.

Officers said they found a shell casing from a .45-caliber handgun near the ground of the carport, and the boy who was shot directed them to a storage barrel in the carport space where police recovered a .45-caliber handgun that was reported stolen during a Sept. 30 burglary, police said.

The 9-year-old told police he found the black gun in a trash bin, according to reports.

“The only way to charge the parents is if they knew he had the gun. The 9-year-old had those guns somewhere, and I don’t think the parents knew he had the guns,” said Detective Sgt. Glen Riddle.

Riddle said this is only the second gun recovered from the Sept. 30 burglary in which $2,400 and 11 guns were reported stolen from 4811 Erie St.

Jabre Devon Toomer, 18, of Boardman, was charged in the burglary the same day. Toomer pleaded guilty to the charge, and Judge James C. Evans sentenced him to community-control service.


1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

THESE KIDS ??????????????

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2seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

That complex should be bulldozed over, it's a trash magnet.

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3hvacguy(33 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Community Control for burglary?

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4saddad(653 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Community control for a home burglary!!! That used to be considered a very dangerous crime. Id like to see a follow up on why the court thought it appropriate to spare Toomer jail time.

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5EricLW(66 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Ahhh man, boardman is getting worse then youngstown! Hey, everyone from boardman move back to youngstown it's much safer! :P

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6fcb(459 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Here we go again!!!!!!!!!!! A guy breaks into a home,steals these guns, gets caught,and the almighty judge sentenced him to "COMMUNITY-CONTROL SERVICE"!!!!! What the hell is that? So in the meantime a little boy finds one of these guns and almost kills one of his friends and the police are saying they couldn't charge the PARENTS? You have the guy that caused all this!!!! Justice system!! What a joke. We could have had a dead little boy. Now they want to charge the 9 year old!!!! It wasn't his fault you dumb A--es!!! It was the guy who broke into the house ,stole the guns and threw them some where so a little boy could find one. Gees!!!! Get a grip!!!! A nine year old could have a record and the man that caused all this is serving COMMUNITY SERVICE!!! Some times I think I'am reading the funny papers.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"Jabre Devon Toomer, 18, of Boardman, was charged in the burglary the same day. Toomer pleaded guilty to the charge, and Judge James C. Evans sentenced him to community-control service."

BREAKING IN AND STEALING eleven guns and $2,400 warrants some serious jail time . A minimum of three years would have been lenient . Community-control service is a joke !

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8steelwagon(284 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

11 Guns are stolen and only 2 have been recovered.
The burgler is caught and sentenced to community service......perfectly normal and expected sentence because we don't believe in punishment of criminals.

Mean while that puts 9 more guns on the street and into the hands of other criminals.
You can bet those guns will be used in future murders or other crimes while Toomer is washing police cars.
Seems about right doesn't it ?

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9Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Community Service! UNREAL!

So a INNOCENT victim(s) get KILLED from one these guns and it's all because of this animal and he's still running the streets.
What a joke!

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10Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Community-control service - the judge should be doing the time that Jabre should have got!!

On a side note - as a gun owner myself; I question the home owner that had 11 guns lying around. There has to be some sort of responsibility on their part - why were the guns accessible? Why were they not locked in a safe? I understand not having all the guns in a safe because I have some out for personal protection - but 11 not locked up ... come on!!!

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11EricLW(66 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Guns don't kill people .... I find it funny that a GUN owner is commenting on this, like a Safe is going to STOP a thief. When has that happened? I'm sure that your bank has a better safe then you do and they get robbed all the time. Maybe they were Collectible Guns? Even so, Maybe we ought to just BAN guns all together. Someone that says his gun can't be stolen has a few screws loose and probably should not own a gun.

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12redvert(2238 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

First of all Eric AKA "know it all" if he breaks into my house, he has to find the safe. He may pass within 2 feet of it but will not know it. He also will not find the two weapons that are not locked up.

Of course, as you say, if we ban guns, all the scumbags will turn theirs in. What are the chances of that?

Libs like you are quite entertaining!!!

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13Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Hey this is what you voted in . It is only going to get worst . THANK YOU Right wing nuts

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