CLEVELAND — A 10-year-old child in Cleveland was hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after being shot in the back.
According to police, the shooting happened just after 5 p.m. in the 3200 block of East 117th Street in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood.
Police said the shooting appears to be a drive-by and the child was not the intended target.
The boy was transported to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in critical condition.
The child’s grandmother told News 5 the boy was taking out the trash when it happened. She described hearing about 10 gunshots, then a pause, then another four or five shots, as she came out the back door and eventually ran to her grandson.
Police did not have any information about the vehicle involved in the shooting.
Floyd Osborn, who lives down the block, closer to Kinsman Road, said he was riding his bike near his home when he came around the corner and saw the crime scene.
He said he’s lived in the neighborhood for 25 years.
"This neighborhood was so peaceful, quiet. No shooting, no problems,” Osborn said.
But Osborn is upset by the violence, especially because in the past, it’s touched his own family.
"I lost my brother,” Osborn said. “You know, I don’t want to see nobody get killed like this."
He added, “I don’t want to see no kids get hurt. You know, my son is 13.”
Osborn said he hopes whoever is responsible will come forward, and that this will stop happening in his neighborhood.
“Bullets don’t have eyes, for real. Bullets don’t have eyes,” Osborn said.
The matter remains under investigation.
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