COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A three-year-old boy was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital after being shot on the south side of Columbus Saturday afternoon.
It happened in the 1800 block of South 4th Street in the area of Hinkle Avenue around 1:23 p.m.
According to police, a child was upstairs with his grandmother inside of a home when shots were fired from the alley at the house. A dark SUV pulled up behind the home and shot at it several times, police said.
Police said the child was hit with a bullet in the abdomen.
Police said the child was upstairs in the home when the shooting happened.
The child was taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Columbus Police spokesman James Fuqua, the child is recovering from surgery. He was in critical condition, but has been upgraded to stable condition.
Police are searching for a black SUV in connection with the shooting. Investigators believe the shots were fired from the passenger side of the vehicle, but do not know where the car went after the shots were fired.
Neighbors who have very young children said they heard shot fires a couple of different times throughout the morning that sounded a little further away, then hearing the ones that ended up hurting the three-year-old.
“Then they started to block off here and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s my backyard,'” said resident Jessica Buck. “That’s crazy. It could have been really close to us, really close to (her son) Wyatt.”
“I’m looking to move after this,” said resident Dawn Raines. “That’s just a little too close and children being involved, it’s just dangerous, just getting closer and closer.”
Police said they found bullet casings down the street from the home. They believe the two crime scenes are connected and that, in total, nine shots were fired in the area Saturday morning.