Akron police are investigating a shooting that wounded a 4-year-old boy in the city's Sherbondy Hill neighborhood.

It was the third time a young child has been shot in the city since Sunday.

The latest shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. Friday. Police were first called to Biruta Street after people heard shots fired. When they arrived in the dark, officers saw no shell cases, victims or suspects, Lt. Dave Laughlin said.

But about 4 a.m., police were called to Akron Children's Hospital, where staff were treating a 4-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.

A relative told police she heard something that sounded like rocks hitting their home in the 1000 block of Biruta Street about 2:30 a.m. She then discovered a bullet had entered the home she was in and grazed the lower leg of the boy, who is expected to recover, police said.

Police later returned to Biruta and found numerous spent shell casings on the ground.

Details of the incident were still unfolding, but it appeared someone outside the home fired bullets that went inside and hit the boy. It was not clear if the house was the target of the gunfire.

On Sunday, an Akron 3-year-old and her father were shot during a home invasion in the Middlebury neighborhood.

Less than 24 hours later, a 2-year-old girl was shot by a teenager playing with a gun inside a home in East Akron.

All of the wounded children are expected to survive.

The issue of gun violence and kids is getting increased attention locally.

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.

 

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