EUCLID, Ohio — A 10-year-old boy was hurt early Wednesday morning after police say he was struck when somebody opened fire outside of a home in the 1500 block of East 195th Street.
"We found a large amount of shell casings outside a particular house, a house had been shot up over a dozen times," said Captain Mitch Houser with the Euclid Police Department.
Houser said that the boy was sleeping inside the home when the shot was fired around 4 a.m. He said that there was a woman and other juveniles in the house, but they were not struck by bullets.
The boy was hit in the buttocks, but it’s unknown if his injury is from the bullet itself or a piece of shrapnel (like a piece from the house). He’s expected to be fine.
"Certainly [when] anybody gets hit by a bullet, you're not going to say that it's a minor injury," Houser told 3News. "But his life's not in danger, it doesn't seem to be serious, life-threatening, and that's ideal."
Houser said it’s believed the house was targeted. From the street, multiple bullet holes are visible on the front of the home.
"If you could look at the pattern of bullets on the house itself, it almost appears like one particular area of the house may have been targeted more than the others," Houser added. "This doesn't appear to be a random act at all."
According to Houser, a 911 call first came in at 4:11 a.m. from someone who lived nearby, reporting hearing gunshots. At that time, Euclid police went to the area, but did not see anything, and left the scene.
Then, about an hour later at 5:17 a.m., Houser said there was another 911 call, this one from inside the home, reporting the 10-year-old had been hit.
A few houses down, neighbor Bernard Calhoun and his wife were woken up by the sounds of shots around four in the morning.
“I jumped up out of my sleep because I wasn’t for sure if it was my house, in my backyard, or neighbors'," Calhoun said.
When he heard about what had happened, Calhoun said he was surprised, as he had seen children playing outside that home before.
"It was shocking to me that that house got shot up," he said.
According to Euclid Police, there are currently no suspects and no one is in custody. Captain Houser said the department is dedicating all of their investigative efforts to this incident.
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Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated crime story on July 24, 2022.
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