Boardman boy, 9, accidentally shoots friend, 13

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.

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