Father calls for shooting suspect to come forward

Kathryn Carter

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A young girl is recovering in the hospital after she was hit by a stray bullet while coloring in the dining room of her home on East Judson Avenue in Youngstown.

The shooting happened around midnight Tuesday while 9-year-old Kathryn Carter was coloring at a table. Her mother was in the kitchen and her father was watching television.

A stray bullet came through a window and hit her in the back and exited through her chest.

Neighbors are shocked that the little girl was injured so violently. Mittie Burr lives across the street from the house where the girl was shot. Burr said she didn’t see anything but heard the shots.

“I heard two shots first and 10 seconds later it was like five more like boom, boom, boom. We just all jumped and ran,” said Burr.

“It doesn’t make no sense what is going on,” said the victim’s father, Quentin Carter.

Quentin Carter said the girl is in stable condition, but they’re taking her to Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron where she will receive more specialized care.

Carter is asking for the people responsible to come forward.

“You need to tell what is going on. You don’t need to sit back, hiding yourself all the time. You need to be directed, grow up, be more mature with what you are doing,” said Carter. “Please, somebody help out and tell what is going on because it doesn’t make any sense to have a young 9-year-old girl almost lose her life last night.”

Investigators have not named any suspects at this time, but are asking anyone with information to call the Youngstown Police Department.

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