CLE police: Father taken into custody after 4-year-old boy shot in shoulder

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(Courtesy: FOX 8)

CLEVELAND– Cleveland police say they responded to Bliss Ave. around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for a 4-year-old boy who had been shot in the shoulder.

At first, the boy’s father told police it happened during a drive-by shooting, then said a 5-year-old accidentally shot the child.

Police determined that the shot was fired from inside the home. They initially said the father may have accidentally shot the 4-year-old, but Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says they are still investigating who fired the shot. The child’s father was taken into custody for endangering children and weapons charges.

The 4-year-old was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Police say at this time, the child should not need surgery. The boy’s mother is with him. Police say there were 4 other children in the home; they are in the custody of Children and Family Services.

The investigation continues. We will bring you any new details as they come in.