Sheriff confirms child hit by stray bullet in Canfield

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It happened around 7:30 p.m. on Orchard Park Drive

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A little boy in Canfield is safely recovering after a close call. Investigators think a stray bullet, fired from far away, may be to blame.

Using a metal detector, Mahoning County sheriff’s detectives were back out in the relatively secluded Canfield Township neighborhood off of Gibson Road, looking for a bullet.

Caller: “I think my 6-year-old just got shot in the driveway.”

On Sunday, a group of children and adults were playing catch around 7:30 p.m. on Orchard Park Drive when one of the boys thought he’d been stung on the arm by a bee. After going inside, the victim’s parents cleaned and bandaged the injury, and then realized what it was.

Caller: “I don’t know. I don’t know what to do. We can’t find anyone around. We don’t know what to do. I mean, I’m gonna take him to Akron Children’s just to be sure it’s OK.”

At about the same time that report was coming in, deputies were already at a home on Barrington Drive, just a block away, for a report of a bullet coming through a second-floor window and lodging into a TV.

Initially, detectives believe that round come from the north, while thinking the child on Orchard Park was facing south when he was hit.

Although the victim’s father said his son is fine, neighbors who didn’t want to talk on camera said hearing gunfire is a frequent occurance in the neighborhood, which is surrounded by wooded lands and fields and is a favorite for gunowners and target practice.

At this point, detectives are still working to determine where these shots originated.

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