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Fri 11:11 a.m.: Police investigating shooting involving boy and his aunt

December 28, 2012
Tribune Chronicle |

WARREN - Police said they still have a lot of unanswered questions about the Thursday evening shooting in which a 5-year-old boy wounded his aunt on the city's northwest side.

According to police, the boy, whose name has not been released, shot Ashlee Austin, 20, in the torso while they were in a vehicle in the driveway of a home on Northwest Boulevard around 9 p.m.

Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said the boy possibly found the gun in the car and shot the woman through the seat. Cole said police have not yet determined who the gun belongs to.

Austin was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Cole said that as of late Thursday night she was responsive. However, an update on her condition was not available today.

Cole said investigators have not yet determined whether anyone, such as the gun owner, will be charged in the shooting. He said detectives will confer with the prosecutor's office once the investigation is complete to determine whether charges against anyone should be filed.

Cole said it is his understanding that the boy is OK.

"He's only five years old so it's hard to say if he even understands what happened," Cole said, emphasizing that police believe that the shooting was an accident.

Cole said there may have been another person in the vehicle, but that has not yet been confirmed.

"We have a lot of unanswered questions, and it's still an ongoing investigation," he said.



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