CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM is taking hard questions to the families of kids, aged 10, 13, and 14, caught with a bunch of airsoft and BB guns that looked much more powerful. But people at their homes simply wanted our camera to get lost.
Sunday, Cleveland Police got a call for shots fired in a backyard near West 115 and Detroit. A 69-year-old great-grandmother called since she lives in an assisted-living facility just feet away. She also has a hole in a bedroom window due to a shot from somewhere last fall.
Police say, in this case, the boys admitted to firing shots. And just inside the home officers found 4 handguns and 2 rifles, again a combination of airsoft and BB guns.
When the I TEAM showed up at the home, a woman asked ‘what guns?’ Then as we took pictures from public property, a voice inside the house shouted expletives and yelled at us to leave.
We also went to another home listed on the police report for two of the boys. A man there refused to identify himself. As we mentioned we were there to ask questions, he responded angrily, "No you don't need to ask nothing you can go."
The scene of the call Sunday was just seven-tenths of a mile from where police shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice as he had an airsoft pistol. The case made national headlines.
The great-grandmother who called police said, ”I don't want to get shot, and I don't want my grandchildren getting shot you know."
Police seized the guns. They did not arrest anyone. They plan to talk to a juvenile prosecutor.