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Boy shot while playing with brother

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A seven-year-old boy was shot in the back as he played in his backyard with his older brother Sunday afternoon.

Neighbors identified the boy to Local 12 News but police would not release the boy's name. His grandfather called 911 from the home on Impala Dr. around 2 p.m.

"My grandson's been shot," the man told a 911 dispatcher.

Terri Cutter lives next door to the boys and their grandparents.

"I just heard the gunshot. I was sitting in my room, I heard it and I lifted the window to see if I could see anything right away and I couldn't but I heard the kid screaming," Cutter said.

Cutter said she saw the two boys run into the house. Police are trying to determine whether there were other children in the yard at the time of the shooting.

"It was children in the backyard. It seems to be that it was all children involved in this incident. On a preliminary investigation it appears to be an accident," said James Love, public information officer for the Colerain Twp. Police Dept.

Neighbors and police have a lot of questions. It's not clear who owns the gun or how the boys got a hold of it. One neighbor heard the gun may have been in the backyard.

"It concerns me a great deal. We have tons of kids that play in this neighborhood. Not just mine," Terri Cutter said.

Cutter said the two brothers live with their grandparents. She has been concerned about them because she said they're often unsupervised. The boy goes to school with her seven-year-old daughter.

"I hope that he's OK. We're praying. Everybody is praying," Cutter said.

The boy's older brother and his grandfather were interviewed by police. They did not wish to speak with Local 12 News when they returned home.

It's not clear whether criminal charges will be filed. Police will have to determine what happened and go from there.



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