PERKINS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WOIO) - The Perkins Township Police Department confirmed the life of an 8-year-old child was cut short after being shot by their 13-year-old relative on Saturday.
According to Perkins Township Police Department Chief Robb Parthemore, dispatch received a call from the 5000 block of Memphis Avenue at 3:56 p.m. requesting an ambulance.
“This boy was racing out of the house and the woman was waiting on him and then they just started pulling out and I guess they took the eight-year-old boy,” neighbor JoAnne Walton said.
A second call to 911 informed dispatchers the ambulance was for a gunshot victim.
When Perkins Township Police, Fire, and EMS crews arrived on the scene, they saw the 8-year-old child was being driven to the ER in a car, according to Chief Parthemore.
Police said the ambulance caught up to the car on Columbus Avenue to treat the child on the way to the ER.
Police intercepted the car on the way to Firelands Medical Center where they pronounce the boys dead.
The identification of the child has not yet been released so that their family can be notified.
At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Perkins Township police said an update on the investigation revealed that the child was allegedly shot by a 13-year-old relative in the Memphis Avenue home.
According to Chief Parthemore, investigators recovered a gun from the scene.
Investigators are now trying to find out where that gun came from, according to police.
Chief Parthemore said investigators believe the shooting may be accidental.
However, after officers conferred with the Erie County Prosecutor’s Office, the 13-year-old was taken into custody and brought to the Juvenile Justice Center, according to police.
The investigation remains ongoing.
The Perkins Township Police Department said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family for such a tragic event especially this time of year.”