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10-year-old dies after being shot in head, Cleveland police say

Cayden Williams (Source: Family)
Cayden Williams (Source: Family)(Source: Family of Cayden Williams)
Published: Jun. 6, 2022 at 4:45 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2022 at 4:40 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A child died early Monday after being shot in the head in Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhood, according to his family and Cleveland police.

The shooting took place inside a home in the 1100 block of East 77th Street near Donald Avenue around midnight.

Cleveland police said Cayden Williams, 10, was inside his bedroom when he was struck by gunfire.

According to Cleveland police, the victim’s aunt was handling a firearm and shot through the ceiling.

Police said the round went through the floor of the bedroom, ricocheted off a mirror and struck Cayden.

EMS crews took Cayden to UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The aunt was arrested, but police said no charges have been filed at this time.

Ward 7 Councilperson Stephanie Howse issued a statement during the June 6 Cleveland City Council meeting, emphasizing the importance of gun safety and focusing on proper training for use, storage and safekeeping of firearms.

“In light of the new state law, HB 99, this tragedy highlights how dangerous Ohio will be when we have no gun regulations,” Howse said. “A person has to be trained. A person has to know what they are doing when a gun is in someone’s possession.”

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