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9-year-old Youngstown girl shot in home by stray bullet

Published: Thu, April 3, 2014 @ 12:08 a.m.

Staff report


Police Chief Robin Lees is urging any eyewitnesses to the shooting of a 9-year-old South Side girl to come forward.

“This is unacceptable,” he said. “The community has to step forward. People need to step up and stop the violence.”

Kathryn Carter is in stable condition at an area hospital after she was hit in the back by a stray bullet just after midnight Tuesday.

Not a single witness has come forward, he said.

“The police department can’t do it on our own,” he said.

Police were called to the first block of East Lucius Avenue to check a gunshot-sensor call. While on their way, they were told that a child, later identified as Carter, had been shot in the living room of her 24 E. Judson Ave. home just after midnight Tuesday, reports said.

Officers who arrived found the girl on the floor bleeding from her chest.

The girl’s father told police he was on the floor with his son, and his daughter was doing her homework at the dining-room table when he heard gunfire and he told his daughter and her mother to get on the floor.

The girl dived under the dining-room table for cover, but not before she was shot, reports said.

Police found two bullet holes in the walls of the dining room, reports said. They also found two spent .40-caliber shell casings in front of a nearby home and three more spent casings in the backyard of the home.

“You can’t be afraid about saying something” about the shooting, said Councilwoman Janet Tarpley, D-6th, whose ward includes East Judson. “It’s outrageous that a child was shot” in her home.

If anyone knows the shooter, even if it’s their child, they need to contact the police, she said.

We “cannot continue to live like this,” Tarpley said.


1fcb(322 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Even with some thing as bad as a nine year old being shot the people won't say a word. Again "Didn't see any thing, don't know nothing"! No value for life,even a child.

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2tafy(86 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Robin. You're from the Old School!! Do what we did best and clean this street scum up. You know how to do it. Now do it. You finally got the entire community behind you.

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3zz3(931 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Midnight...9-yr old at kitchen table doing homework??, trained already to dive under the table. Just sayin'. Both of above posts are correct but it will never happen in Thugstown with the population were left with. It would be "racial" political disaster for them, as it seems that's all their interested in or else as "tafy" stated you would be doin' it. But it would target a certain group so they stay away. Meanwhile, we chalk up some more "worst area" awards! Thugstown ya gotta love it. Hope a speedy recovery and maybe "lesson learned" to the parents.

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4redvert(2064 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

First of all, I would hope that we are not automatically assuming that this "doing homework at midnight" story is true. The police need to do a little background check on the family to determine the character of the players! Something tells me there is more to the story. With shell casings in front of and behind the house, someone in this house was intentionally targeted.

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5DwightK(1255 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

How can anyone think the person who shot a 9 year old girl is worthy of protection? Speak up! Do it anonymously.

Next time they may kill a child.

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6handymandave(474 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

They need to start charging around 300.00 a bullet. The amount of shootings will greatly decrease.

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7zz3(931 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

handymandave the only thing that would do is pick up the pace of crime to pay for the cockroaches. cockroaches do what they have to in order to survive, as seen in Thugstown, Detroit, etc. You actually have to have a deterrent to stop this behavior, and in this area there is not a deterrent. Everyone is afraid to deter them i.e. cut welfare if convicted of felony, more than 1-child no support, mandatory graduation or parent (no "s" on parent) loose any entitlements if provided, minor with a problem=parent now has a problem, over 18 with a problem=you are now a GI for 2-yrs. Try 1 or all of these measures and i bet you see a change in behavior

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8JS(645 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

To even hint at cutting back gun crime in Youngstown brands one as being a racist.

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