13-year-old shot in back on Cleveland's east side

13-year-old shot in back on Cleveland's east side
Bullet holes in window (Source WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Bullets were flying Sunday, and now Cleveland police are investigating two shootings that injured several people, including an 13-year-old.

A 13-year-old boy is in stable condition police said, less than a day after he was shot in the back while watching television in his grandmother's home.

According to an initial police report, it happened on the 4000 block of E 153rd St. just after 10 p.m. Sunday evening. The boy was sitting on the couch watching television when someone shot into his grandmother's home and hit him in the back.

An initial police report stated that the boy was awake and breathing after he was shot.

Noelle Street lives next door to the home. She said the boy's grandmother moved to the quiet street about a year ago.

She said that the family had been celebrating Mother's Day in the hours before the shooting and nothing seemed wrong.

"It smelled really good over there when I left to go to my outing I joked with my husband, 'maybe we should go next door it smells so good," said Street. She said she and her husband returned to their home just before 10 p.m..

She said they were only home a short time before she heard the shots.

"It was just loud, it was loud and it was close. My bedroom was right here, and I sleep with the window open and I heard it all," said Street. "We weren't sure if it was next door but we knew it was out front."

She said she came outside not when she heard the shots, but after she heard her neighbor's anguish.

"I saw my neighbor come out and say her grandson had been shot," said Street. "She was terrified. She was screaming. She was...I couldn't even imagine...on Mother's Day."

Street said not only is she praying for the young man who was shot, she said she's also personally rattled by the incident.

"It's very disheartening when something happens this close to your home," said Street. "The lady that lives there is very nice I mean this is just unbelievable."

According to police no one else was injured in the incident and it remains under investigation.

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