ST. LOUIS – A 5-year-old boy is recovering Friday morning after being shot in the leg.

The shooting happened at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Lalite Avenue near Riverview Boulevard. The boy’s mother took him to the hospital.

Police said the shooting was an accident. The initial investigation found that the child got a hold of a handgun and shot himself in the left leg. The Child Abuse Unit is handling the ongoing investigation.