An East Akron toddler was shot less than 24 hours after a 3-year-old was shot in Middlebury.

Both girls are expected to survive.

The most recent shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Eller Avenue.

A group of people were in a bedroom there when a 2-year-old girl was shot in the leg, police said.

A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old were charged with felonious assault.

Police said the 17-year-old possessed the gun and handed it to the 15-year-old. The younger teen told police the gun accidentally went off while he was holding it, with a bullet striking the toddler.

Both teens fled the scene, but the older teen returned while police were still investigating. The younger teen was taken into custody at his home, police said.

The Beacon Journal generally does not identify juvenile offenders and is not naming the teens in this case.

The shooting followed a late-night home invasion Sunday that left a 3-year-old girl shot.

In that case, which happened about 3 miles north of Monday's shooting, men smashed into a home in the 600 block of Crouse Street. Police said the girl's father tried to fight off the robbers, who shot the girl in the left knee and her father in the right calf.

The robbers fled with about $7,000 cash. It was not immediately clear where the money came from. A man who claimed to be a friend of the family contacted the Beacon Journal and said the man was counting his tax refund when he was robbed.

Children and guns have been a dangerous combination in Akron. Several have been wounded and some have died since last year, including:

In January, a 17-year-old boy was playing with a gun with two friends in Akron when he was shot in the head. The teen, from Louisville, later died.

In November, a 15-year-old boy turned his .38-caliber gun on himself moments after shooting and critically wounding his 14-year-old friend in Highland Square. The older teen died, but his friend survived.

In February 2018, a 4-year-old girl was shot to death while sitting in a car parked on the street with three other children and her grandmother. The children were waiting for their mother to retrieve items from a house where her former boyfriend lived.

A domestic dispute erupted and police said the former boyfriend fired a shot, which killed the girl.

During his recent State of the City address, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Summit County Public Health is expected to release an eight-point plan this month to reduce youth violence. The city has agreed to take on gun safety and other initiatives under that plan.

 

Staff writer Amanda Garrett can be reached at 330-996-3725 or agarrett@thebeaconjournal.com