Cuyahoga County

Man sentenced for shooting two children with a single bullet


A man who accidentally shot his 2-year-old nephew and 9-year-old niece with a single bullet was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday.

On July 4, 2015, defendant Lindsey Curry discharged a firearm while the children slept on the floor. The bullet went through the 2-year-old’s abdomen, then entered the 9-year-old’s shoulder and finally coming to a rest after penetrating her spinal cord.

The shooting left Curry’s niece paralyzed from the waist down and the bullet remains lodged in her spinal cavity. Curry’s nephew made a full recovery.

Based on evidence and interviews, law enforcement authorities determined that Curry discharged the firearm. A crime reconstruction expert was able to recreate the shooting based on evidence at the scene, medical records and opinions from the treating surgeons at MetroHealth.

On September 14, following a six-day bench trial, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John D. Sutula found Curry guilty of two counts of Endangering Children, Tampering with Evidence and Having Weapons While Under Disability. On November 3, Judge Sutula sentenced Curry to prison.

“We are grateful to our law enforcement partners,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Hirschauer. “Because of their work we were able to bring justice to the victims of this tragic and unnecessary shooting.”

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