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Ohio boy, 13, accused of shooting, killing 11-year-old brother

By wire reporters • Apr 25, 2018 at 9:47 AM

By Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) staff

STREETSBORO — A 13-year-old boy is accused of shooting and killing his 11-year-old brother Monday night “in what appears to be a premeditated act,” police said.

The boy has been charged with aggravated murder and is being held at the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center.

City police said authorities responded at 9:34 p.m. to Alden Drive after a family friend who was at the house called to report that Caleb Lishing, 11, had been shot. Paramedics transported him to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, where he was pronounced dead.

The weapon used was a handgun the 13-year-old stole from his grandfather’s home, police said.

Lt. Patricia Wain said authorities are still investigating what led up to the shooting.

The Beacon Journal/Ohio.com is not naming the suspect because he is a juvenile.

The Portage County Coroner’s Office said the body was taken to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and referred further questions to police.

Authorities have received calls about the 13-year-old at least twice before.

The teen’s parents called police for help on Thursday because he was being “unruly,” Wain said.

Police took the boy to Coleman Behavioral Health at UH Portage Medical Center for evaluation, Wain said. It’s unclear whether he was held there or received any treatment.

In May 2017, he was charged with public indecency as a juvenile, according to police.

A 6-year-old girl told authorities he was doing a “solo act” on the bus, Wain said. Details about the incident were unavailable.

The Streetsboro City School District posted a message on its website saying one of its fifth-graders was killed and that grief counselors will be available Tuesday at the Henry Defer Intermediate School and Middle School.

State testing scheduled at those buildings also was canceled.

Streetsboro Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh declined to comment.

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'I think he is not even alive,' 911 caller says after 11-year-old boy shot in Streetsboro

By Evan MacDonald - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

STREETSBORO — A babysitter told a 911 dispatcher that she heard a loud "pop" before she discovered an 11-year-old boy with a fatal gunshot wound Monday at a home in this Ohio city.

The family friend did not immediately realize the boy had been shot when she called authorities to report the injury, according to a recording of the call released Tuesday by the Streetsboro Police Department. Investigators said the boy's 13-year-old brother shot him in a "premeditated act," but did not offer a motive.

"Something terrible has happened," the woman says in the recording. "...Oh my god, I think he is not even alive."

The 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead after paramedics took him to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, police said.

An edited version of the 911 call has been included at the top of this post.

The woman told a police dispatcher that she was in another room when she heard a loud "pop." She went to see what happened and found the 11-year-old boy bleeding heavily, according to the 911 recording.

The boy had a hole in his neck, but the woman did not know what happened. She was unaware of any guns in the home, but told the dispatcher that she smelled what she thought was gunpowder.

The woman performed CPR until police officers and paramedics arrived at the home. The boy died after being taken to a hospital.

Officers arrested the 13-year-old boy at the home, according to a police report. They also recovered a handgun, police said.

Investigators called the shooting "premeditated" and charged the 13-year-old brother with the juvenile equivalent of aggravated murder. He remains in custody at the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

Investigators determined he took the gun from his grandfather's home, police said. They did not offer a motive for the shooting.

The 13-year-old boy expressed a desire to hurt himself and was taken to a behavioral health center for an evaluation four days before the shooting, according to a police report.

The 11-year-old boy was a fifth grade student at the Streetsboro City Schools, the district said in a brief statement. The district is providing counseling to students on Tuesday.

Cleveland.com is not identifying the 11-year-old boy because doing so would indirectly identify his 13-year-old brother. Cleveland.com does not identify juvenile suspects unless they are charged as adults.

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Streetsboro boy expressed desire to hurt self 4 days before killing his brother, report says

STREETSBORO — A 13-year-old boy expressed a desire to harm himself and went to a medical center for an evaluation four days before he is accused of fatally shooting his younger brother, according to police reports.

The boy's stepmother went to the Streetsboro Police Department Thursday to report that he was being unruly. The 13-year-old boy was later taken to a behavioral health center for an evaluation, according to a police report.

The police report does not offer any details of the evaluation, but the boy was arrested late Monday and charged in the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old brother. Investigators called the shooting "premeditated" and said the older boy has been charged with the juvenile equivalent of aggravated murder.

Cleveland.com is not identifying the 11-year-old boy because doing so would indirectly identify his 13-year-old brother. Cleveland.com does not identify juvenile suspects unless they are charged as adults.

The 13-year-old boy is in custody at the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.

A family friend was babysitting the boys at their home on Alden Drive when the shooting occurred. Officers arrived and found the 11-year-old boy with a gunshot wound, police said.

The younger boy died after paramedics took him to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, police said.

The 13-year-old boy stole a handgun from his grandfather's home, police said. Investigators did not offer a motive for the shooting.

The Streetsboro Police Department on Tuesday released several police reports for calls to the Alden Drive home.

In one March 17, 2017 incident, Portage County Sheriff's Office deputies found the 13-year-old boy near Twin Lake. The boy told the deputies that he did not know how he got to the lake.

The boys' father was also charged with violating a protection order when he showed up at the Alden Drive home on March 26, 2015, a report says.

The protection order was granted in 2012 but the father had since received full custody of his children. Investigators determined there was not enough evidence to remove the children, the report says.

The 11-year-old boy was a fifth grade student at the Streetsboro City Schools, the district said in a brief statement. The district is providing counseling to students on Tuesday.

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