YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — For the second time in less than a month, detectives are investigating the case of a child who was accidentally shot.
In the latest case, a 14-year-old boy is at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The boy’s condition is considered serious.
Police were called to a home in the 200 block of East Lucius Avenue around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
A 7-year-old boy died Oct. 22 after he was shot at a home in the 300 block of East Marmion Avenue.
In that case, detectives are still investigating and plan to consult with city prosecutors when they are finished to determine if any charges should be filed.
Though Youngstown police say the incidents are different, more needs to be done to prevent these tragedies.
“Our children are getting ahold of guns in one way or another, and accidents are happening,” Simon said. “We strongly are encouraging parents to secure their firearms, and to ensure that they’re not getting into the hands of children.”
In Saturday’s case, Simon said they will be following the same process and will not rush their investigation.
“We are taking great care to speak to those involved, analyze the evidence and gather the facts of this case,” Simon said in a statement. “Rushing the process — and more critically— rushing to conclusions about what occurred — would undermine investigative efforts and objective conclusions.”
Simon said detectives are still trying to figure out where the gun came from in Saturday’s case.