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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-One man is critically injured after a bizarre shooting Wednesday morning inside a home in The Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis. Police received the call on Cottage Avenue about 8:30 am.

The shooting happened inside of a home that has been converted into three apartment; one upstairs and two in the basement.

Police say the victim, 34-year-old Charles Petty, was sitting with his girlfriend on a bed in one of the basement apartments. That`s when investigators say a shot came through a wall from the adjoining basement apartment hitting the man in the head. He was taken to the hospital in critical and unstable condition.

His girlfriend was not hurt.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are now investigating. "Just like in the morning, you`re sitting on the side of your bed. He was sitting on the side of the bed...Shot comes through the wall yes. I don`t why the shot came through the wall or what precipitated the shooting," explained Lieutenant John Green.

The tenant in the apartment where the shot came from was not there when police arrived. At this point, nobody is in custody.

Investigators are still trying to figure out if the shooting was deliberate or an accident.