Police: 4 children hurt after shots fired at east side home

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Police say that an 8-year-old boy was shot in the leg late Saturday night.

Police were called to a home in the 1000 block of E. 71st Street around 10:30 p.m.

The boy was transported to University Hospitals for treatment. His name was not released and his current condition is unknown.

A woman identifying herself as the child's grandmother did not want her name to be used because, she says, she is too afraid, but told us that her grandchildren were spending the night when the shooting happened. She says her 6-year-old grandson was also grazed in the head by a bullet. Two 5-year-old grandsons, she says, were hit by flying particles of glass and wood.

"I come running downstairs to try to get to my grandkids, and my grandson came out of the room - they all came out yelling, 'Nana!' My grandson was hopping.  His whole leg was shot off," said the woman.

The woman identifying herself as the children's grandmother says that all of the children are expected to recover.  She says her house has been shot at, at least five other times in the past six months.  She says that she thinks she knows who fired dozens of shots at her house, but says that this incident has nothing to do with gangs or gang activity.

A source with the department told Cleveland 19 that two other children, both under the age of five were grazed with bullets. The source added that the shooting was a drive-by and that it was likely gang-related.

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