4-year-old shot after bullets enter Akron home; third time child shot in Akron this week

AKRON, Ohio -- Police are searching for a suspect that fired shots into a home, striking a four-year-old boy.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 Friday in the 1000 block of Biruta Street, according to Akron police.

The boy was reportedly visiting a relative.

The relative told police she heard a noise that resembled rocks hitting her.

She went to check on the child and discovered he had been struck by a bullet which grazed his leg.  The relative took the boy to Akron Children's Hospital for treatment.  His condition is unknown at this time.

Currently there is no information regarding a suspect, police report.

It’s the third time a child was shot while inside of a domicile in Akron within five days.

On Monday teenagers playing with a gun inside of a home on Eller Ave accidentally shot a 2-year-old female, the bullet grazing her leg.

Also Monday officers were called to a house on Crouse Street for a reported home invasion. A man and his 3-year-old daughter were both shot. Police say, the father was shot in the calf and little girl was shot in the knee.

All of the victims were expected to recover, but police say, this past weekend an innocent father was shot and killed while inside of town home with his mother near the Akron Zoo.

“It’s just very scary when that happens, when they’re just in the peace of their own home and bullets come into the house and they’re struck,” said Cpt. David Laughlin.

In late February someone opened fired on Thurmont Rd hitting several homes, and vehicles including one being driven by an elderly woman on her way to an afternoon doctors appointment.

Cpt. Laughlin said police are stepping up patrols and both the Major Crimes Unit and Gun Violence Reduction Team are investigating.

He said, they’re also working with the county and have federal partners ready to assist.

Akron police have responded to 81 firearms incidents during the months of January and February. Twenty seven of them were shots fired into habitations like homes, apartments and vehicles.

Cpt. Laughlin said, those numbers are only slightly up from last year but they are still very concerning because of the number of children involved.

Anyone with information regarding these shootings is asked to contact Akron Police Department at (330) 375-2490 or Summit County Crimestoppers at (330) 434-2677.

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