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Police Say Columbus Boy Shot Sister, Mother Disagrees
COLUMBUS (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- Police believe a 9-year-old boy accidentally shot his sister on June 30, but the children's mother claims her son is not the shooter.
Police said the boy shot his 15-year-old sister in the leg inside an East Side home while playing with a gun provided by another child.
That version of events is disputed by the children's mother, who said her daughter is unable to identify the shooter due to a loss of consciousness, but is certain her brother is not responsible.
“I don’t know why the police [are] making accusations," the mother said. "No it was not my son. My son didn’t shoot his sister.”
The victim is recovering at home after receiving treatment for her injury at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Police said they have not decided if charges will be filed in connection with the shooting.
The girl was the second East Columbus teenager to be shot in as many days. A 16-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the eye when an unidentified person fired into a group of teens gathered at Suffield Dr. and Tinley Park on June 29.
The condition of that victim has not been released. Police are working to identify the shooter.