MO Cops: Boy playing with gun shot; – said the grandfather

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A 3-year-old boy was hospitalized after he was accidentally shot at a St. Louis home, police said.

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A man has been arrested after his 3-year-old grandson was accidentally shot while playing with a gun, according to Missouri State Police.

A boy and another child were playing with a gun at a St. Louis home on Wednesday, Jan. 17, according to the St. Louis Police Department. The gun went off, and the 3-year-old boy was shot in the back, police said.

The 3-year-old was taken to a hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.

Officers found the 48-year-old grandfather “confused” at home. He surrendered the gun he fired and was taken into custody, police said.

A gun was used in the shooting.380 ACP pistolwhich the grandfather kept in a dresser drawer, where there were also snacks and candy, KSDK reports, citing the indictment documents.

Grandfather, according to KTVI, was convicted in 2009 for second-degree drug trafficking. He admitted to police that he was prohibited from possessing a weapon, KTVI reported.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of a weapon.

St. Louis police urged residents use the gun lock to prevent accidental shots. Locks are available for free throughout the city.

Mike Stanson covers the news in real time for McClatchy. A 2011 graduate of Western Kentucky University, he previously worked at the Paducah Sun and Madisonville Messenger as a sports reporter and at the Lexington Herald-Leader as a breaking news reporter.
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