Ohio Boy, 11, Killed by Gunshot to the Chest at Birthday Party

An 11-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the chest during a birthday party in an apartment complex in Cleveland, Ohio.

The boy, identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office as Tyshaun Taylor, was shot in an apartment on East 97th Street on Cleveland's East Side at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, reports WJW.

Taylor was taken to the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital after he was carried out the party by two other children, who then called for help. The boy was later pronounced dead.

It is believed a 16-year-old resident inside the block was given permission to host a birthday by his mother that night. The mother was not present at the time of the shooting, reports Cleveland.com.

Police have not released further details surrounding the shooting and no arrests have been made. Officers have not released a description of any potential suspect in the investigation.

Nita Moore, one of Taylor's aunts, told Cleveland.com that the family were at the hospital all night and were "tired and hurt and frustrated."

Others in the community have also described their shock at the 11-year-old's death.

"He just liked riding bicycles. He loved bicycles. He was a real good. He was a respected kid," Neighbor Willie Gambell told WJW. "When I found out about what happened. I saw his picture and I was like man, it can't be true, it can't be true. Then I found out it's true."

7th Ward Councilman Basheer Jones said he has attempted to contact the family to offer his condolences.

"I've reached out to the family. I haven't had a chance to speak to them yet. Every resident here in Ward 7, every resident in the city of Cleveland is praying for them, and we want them to know when they are ready to receive us, we are here to support them," Jones added.

Cleveland Police did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, 190 children aged up to 11 have been killed by a firearm in the U.S. since the start of 2019, with a further 432 injured.

688 children aged between 12 and 17 have been killed by a gun this year, with 2,075 children in the same age bracket receiving firearm-related injuries, according to Gun Violence Archive.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates U.S. gun violence statistics from January 2014 to November 17, 2019.

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Gun violence statistics from January 2014 to November 17, 2019. Statista