14-year-old shot in stomach with stolen gun in Masury

Samual Sanford, 25, of Masury, was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property and felonious assault

Samual Sanford

MASURY, Ohio (WKBN) – A 14-year-old boy was shot in the stomach in Masury Thursday afternoon. The man who did it said it was an accident, but the boy’s family thinks otherwise.

Brookfield Township Police Chief Dan Faustino said two other people were with the boy at the time of the shooting, which happened just before 4 p.m. Thursday at an apartment in the 500 block of Nellie Street.

One of those people was 25-year-old Samual Sanford, who police said admitted to pointing the gun and pulling the trigger, not thinking it was loaded.

“As a responsible gun owner, you never point a gun at someone, as you always assume that gun is loaded and may go off if you point it at someone and pull a trigger,” Faustino said.

A check on the gun revealed it was stolen over 20 years ago in Sharon. Police are trying to determine how he got a stolen gun.

Sanford was charged with felonious assault for the shooting and receiving stolen property for the gun.

Police said there are still a lot of unanswered questions, such as what the three of them were doing in the building on Nellie Street.

The boy’s mother said her son was visiting a friend who lives in the building and Sanford asked the two of them to help work on an apartment he was fixing up.

Why Sanford took the gun out is still unknown and police said their work is just beginning.

“There’s a lot left to do,” Faustino said.

He confirmed the boy underwent surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown Thursday night.

The boy’s mother said he got out of surgery Friday morning and is in stable condition. He will need another surgery due to his injuries.

This story is corrected to show the identity of the man arrested. The man previously named was not charged or arrested.

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