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Reynoldsburg: Child shot with BB gun, police charge 14-year-old

Officers charged a 14-year-old boy with assault after he shot a 9-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun at 6:56 p.m. May 20 at a residence in the 500 block of Postwoods Drive.

The reporting officer said the mother of the 9-year-old said her son came home crying in pain and had a large welt on his chest from a BB gun.

The officer tracked down the teen suspect, who at first denied firing the gun, then other children confirmed the 14-year-old had also shot at them. He was charged with assault through Franklin County Juvenile Court.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

• Police were called to the Truro Township fire station at 6305 E. Livingston Ave., at 5:47 a.m. May 16 after three men in a car with shattered windows stopped there for help.

The reporting officer said two men were standing outside the car and the third was lying on the backseat and appeared to have been shot in the head. The two men were searched for weapons, then Truro Township medics were permitted to treat the victim.

The two men told the officer they were traveling in the car on Cushing Drive in Columbus when two men shot at them. They said they drove down Livingston Avenue until they saw the fire department and pulled in to get help.

Columbus police arrived and took custody of the men and the victim was transported to Grant Medical Center. According to Columbus police reports, the three men, ages 43, 46 and 38, said they had been traveling on Cushing Drive when unknown men opened fire on the car.

• The manager of a business in the 6700 block of East Main Street reported at 5 p.m. May 19 that a window in the dining area was broken. The manager told police a customer pointed out the damage, which was at the northwest corner of the store and appeared to be from a BB gun. The cost to replace the window was estimated at $2,500.

• A man reported a neighbor's German shepherd dog bit his 4-year-old son May 18 in the 2100 block of Birchview Road. The man said he and his family had walked some visitors to a vehicle when the dog ran across the street and jumped on his son, biting him on the right shoulder. The man said he pulled the dog off his son but the animal kept barking at them until a family friend went across the street and knocked on the door of the dog's owner, who took the dog inside.

The reporting officer told the dog's owner she would need to quarantine it for 10 days. The officer met with an officer of Franklin County Animal Control, who designated the dog as "dangerous." The owner was cited for allowing a dangerous dog to run at large and failure to register the dog.

• A woman was warned she could be cited for child endangering after officers were dispatched May 16 on a report that three toddlers were home alone and asleep in a residence in the 2100 block of Commons Road South. The reporting officer said a maintenance men found the children, ages, 3, 2 and 13 months old, after going to the apartment on a service call about leaking water.

The officer said a floor fan was running in the living room. The children's mother returned while officers were looking for contact information, claiming she had "only been gone five minutes" and was at a nearby store. The officer informed her they had been in her apartment much longer than five minutes and that the older children could have put their fingers in the fan blades. The case was referred to Franklin County Children Services.

• Police arrested a woman for theft after she allegedly shoplifted items by tucking them into a car seat with her child at 8:17 a.m. May 19 at a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road. The manager said the woman was seen placing items in the child's diaper bag and next to the child in the car seat. The total amount stolen was $421.54. The child was taken to Franklin County Children Services.

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