By Kellen M. Quigley
A 7-year-old child was reported to be in stable condition Wednesday after being struck by a bullet while sleeping in his bed inside of a Collins residence Tuesday morning, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office reported.
At approximately 12:35 a.m. Feb. 18, Deputies reported to a residence on Route 39 for shots fired after a call was received from an occupant of the dwelling.
The complainant told ECSO dispatchers individuals inside the dwelling heard multiple gunshots, observed multiple bullet holes in the house and the 7-year-old, who was sleeping in his bedroom, struck him in the rear, upper thigh, police reported.
Deputies arrived at the residence and immediately searched the home and surrounding area. Patrol observed an injury to the child and one bullet hole in the dwelling’s exterior and interior wall, police said.
EMS provided aid at the scene. At about 1:20 a.m., the victim was transported by ambulance to Oishei Children’s Hospital for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The child was reported in stable condition at about 3 a.m.
There were multiple occupants inside at the time of the incident, which included the parents, but no other occupants were injured.
Detectives have been canvassing the area and talking with neighbors, police said. Sheriff’s Detectives believe the bullet holes are from a small-caliber round.
The Sheriff’s Office has not developed any motives, but investigators do not believe this is hunting related and do believe this is an intentional act, police reported. Investigators do not know the intended target.
This is an active investigation, and Detectives are asking if anyone has information about the incident to contact the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at (716) 858-2903 and refer to CL# 20-012891.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects involved in the shooting. Crime stoppers number is (716) 867-6161.