LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Liberty Police Chief Rich Tisone confirmed Monday that some used a gun, stolen from Michigan, to shoot a teen Saturday.
Tisone said that he did not know Monday if the owner stole the gun or bought it from someone who stole it. No charges have been filed in the case as of Monday morning.
First News received the 911 call that came in moments after the shooting.
One of the boys in the call can be heard saying that a group of friends was home without a parent when the boy was shot.
An operator asked what the problem was, and the caller said a boy was shot in the foot.
The 911 call sent Liberty police to East Montrose Street Saturday afternoon.
Listen: Liberty, Ohio shooting 911 call
“There was an incident involving several male juveniles and a handgun and, during the course of that incident, one of the young male juveniles sustained a minor gunshot wound,” Officer Robert Altiere of the Liberty Police Department said.
Across the U.S., nearly 20 young people are sent to the hospital a day for gun injuries.
In Liberty, Mark Stan lives in the neighborhood where Saturday’s shooting happened. He says when he was a kid he played around with his dad’s guns.
“They kept everything unlocked because, as a child, I used to go in and find them and play with them in the house. But the only one that he kept was his police revolver and he had that where I couldn’t get it, but other guns I’d find and you’d shoot them in the house as for toys,” Stan said.
One out of every three children under age 18 live in a home with a gun. Research shows children between 12 and 18 are mostly likely to live with a gun in the home.
“If you’re going to have a gun in your house, be responsible with it. Accidents do happen, and I can see that happening. It’s nothing against the parents or anything, but I think you just have to be a little bit more prepared,” Stan said.
Police say the victim was taken to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital to get treated for his injuries.
Police declined to release the child’s name or more details.