Police: 9-year-old reports mother, brother shot in Ohio


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A 9-year-old girl called 911 to report her brother had been shot to death and her mother was shot multiple times at an Ohio home, police said Monday.

Forty-eight-year-old Sonia Freeman was found Sunday night lying on the floor in the Akron home near the stairs and taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police. The girl was in the home at the time of the slayings but wasn’t injured. She is now in the custody of relatives.

The girl’s 28-year-old brother, Christopher Lane-Freeman, was shot to death in an upstairs bedroom around 10 p.m. Sonia Freeman was shot while confronting three men who came into the home and shot her son, according to investigators.

Lane-Freeman’s father, John Freeman, told Cleveland.com his son was quiet and worked in the maintenance department at the Akron Art Museum. Sonia Freeman worked with people with mental illnesses for more than 15 years and sang in the church choir, John Freeman said.

Police said Monday they are still investigating and don’t yet have a motive in the shootings. No one has been arrested in the case.

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