SALEM - A woman is dead and a 5-year-old boy is hospitalized Monday night following a shooting incident in their Salem Township home.
Sheriff Ray Stone said deputies were called to the house at 2338 state Route 45 at about 4:15 p.m. to a reported shooting. A 12-year-old girl had gotten off a school bus, Stone said, when the horrific scene was found.
Two deputies arrived ahead of Stone and the three of them went inside finding an unidentified woman dead of a gunshot wound. Stone declined to provide any specific details as to where the woman was shot.
County Prosecutor Robert Herron (foreground) and investigators enter a state Route 45 home that was the scene of a shooting Monday. (Salem News photo by Deanne Johnson)
A neighbor was with the 5-year-old boy, who was shot in the head. The boy was initially transported to Salem Community Hospital and flown later to an Akron hospital where he underwent surgery later Monday evening.
Stone believes there are three children living in the home and the whereabouts of all the children was known Monday evening. Stone estimated the woman to be between the mid-40s and mid-50s. He also said the child and woman are related, but declined to give the relationship.
The sheriff said he was not aware if there are any other adults who have been living in the home.
The house, a ranch with an attached garage, is located on the northeast corner of state Route 45 and Salamar Drive, near Kent State-Salem.
According to tax records, the home is owned by Neil Jordan in care of Tradewinds Investments, Palm Springs, Calif.
Stone said there had been past complaints at the home mostly dealt with by the Salem Township constable. However, Stone believed new people had moved into the home since then.
The new Columbiana County Homicide Task Force was called to the scene. Consisting of members from different departments county-wide, Stone said various members of the task force were out following up on leads late Monday evening. However, he said there is no suspect at this time and no weapon was found.
Additionally the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, Columbiana County Coroner William Graham and County Prosecutor Robert Herron were assisting at the home. KLG transported the woman's body toward Salem.