Detectives investigating after 2-year-old shot in stomach inside Akron home, police say

Posted at 7:29 PM, January 24, 2022 and last updated 12:27 AM, December 13, 2022

By: Kaylyn Hlavaty, Bob Jones

AKRON, Ohio (WEWS) — A 2-year-old boy was injured during a shooting in Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood Friday afternoon, the Akron Police Department confirmed Monday.

Lt. Michael Miller said officers responded around 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 to Akron Children’s Hospital where a 2-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his stomach had been brought in by his mother.

The child was treated for his injuries and was in critical but stable condition, according to Miller.

“This child could have been killed and we’re very fortunate he wasn’t. We’re thankful as I sure his family is,” Miller said.

Officers determined that the shooting, believed to be accidental, happened inside a home in the 500 block of Koerber Avenue, the department said.

Officers “found evidence of a crime inside the home.” Detectives obtained a search warrant and found a gun and other evidence, not specified in the news release, inside the home.

Four other children were found inside the home. The kids, ranging in ages from 6-months-old to 13-years-old, were unharmed, police said.

Police said all the children who were at home at the time of the shooting were turned over to the Summit County Children Services.

The shooting remains under investigation and the exact circumstances involving the incident remain unknown at this time. Police have not said who owns the gun or who pulled the trigger.

Miller said charges are likely pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Down the road, if it applies we’ll have to answer some necessary questions with respect to responsibility. Investigators aren’t at that stage yet of the investigation, but nothing is off the table.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490.

This story was originally published Jan. 24, 2022, by WEWS in Cleveland, an E.W. Scripps Company.