The boy was unlocking his bicycle at the library’s Sylvania Avenue branch Thursday when three suspects shot him with BB guns, police said in a report.

TOLEDO, Ohio – A trip to the library turned into a nightmare for a Toledo boy on Thursday.

A 9-year-old boy was unlocking his bike from a bike rack at a West Toledo library branch on May 11 when teenagers shot him multiple times with BB guns, the boy’s mother said Toledo police when reporting that night.

The guy said he didn’t know the shooters. He described the three suspects as 13-14 years old and said they were wearing jeans. Two were wearing blue shirts, the third was wearing a black shirt.

The boy received at least two dozen blows from the alleged shooters. The boy’s family shared photos on social media of the marks covering his upper back, as well as several marks on his neck, shoulder and lower back.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood for the suspects, the report said, and the boy’s mother said there was a security guard at the library. However, it is unclear whether police have identified any of the suspects or a motive for the attack.

If you have any information that could help police find the people responsible for the attack, call or text Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111. You can remain anonymous.

Editor’s Note: The above story has been amended to reflect an error regarding the month in which the incident was reported to have occurred.


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