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Stray bullet kills Ohio grandmother planning son’s funeral

89-year-old sitting in a wheelchair when she was shot in the back

911 call.

Tragedy struck twice for a Ohio family when a woman already planning her son’s funeral was killed by a stray bullet.

Ruth Lewis, 89, was with family in Warren and sitting in a wheelchair when she was shot in the back around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to WKBN-TV.

Lewis was pronounced dead not long afterward. There were no other injuries.

Witnesses reported hearing at least five gunshots, and one witness saw two cars driving away erratically from the home.

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“This was a senseless death caused by a random bullet,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

“Obviously, she wasn’t the target so it’s so unfortunate, but that just goes to speak to the dangers of just having so many guns in irresponsible hands.”

WKBN reported the 911 call as follows:

“Dispatcher: ‘What happened?’

Caller: ‘I don’t know. They just started shooting through my window.’

Dispatcher: ‘OK, someone was shooting through your window?’

Caller: ‘Yes, yes.’

Dispatcher: ‘OK. We’re getting help out to you, OK?’

Caller: ‘Please hurry up, my grandmother was shot.'”

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