A child shot Tuesday night in the Colina del Sol neighborhood of San Diego was the victim of an accident, according to the San Diego police.
Officer John Buttle told NBC 7 that the 6-year-old was playing with the weapon when it fired and struck his chest. Buttle said that, as is normal protocol, child-abuse detectives are at the scene of the shooting as well as at Mercy Hospital, where the child is being cared for.
The shooting took place at around 8 p.m. near 52nd Street and Trojan Avenue. According to investigators, the child found their grandmother's .22-caliber handgun hidden in a mattress. The boy suffered what police called a "through and through" gunshot wound.
Authorities said the child was in stable condition as of early Wednesday. The identities of anyone who may have been with them in the apartment when the shooting took place has not been released.
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