ST. LOUIS – Two boys, ages 7 and 10, were injured Wednesday while playing with a loaded handgun.
According to a police spokesperson, the shooting happened just before 12 p.m. in the 9100 block of Jordan Street, located in the Baden neighborhood.
The young boys found an unsecured, loaded handgun inside their home and were accidentally injured.
Police confirmed one child was shot and are trying to determine if the other child was shot or grazed by a bullet.
“We are here to determine how they got their hands on that weapon and what we can learn from it,” said Lt. Colonel Mary Warnecke, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. “Authorities are still trying to piece together what might have happened and how the children got ahold of the firearm and who owned the weapon.”
Warnecke said adults were in the home at the time of the shooting.
The boys were rushed to a local hospital and are recovering.
The unintentional shooting is the latest among dozens of shootings in recent years involving children.
Police are reminding people that they will provide a lock to any gun owner who does not have one for their firearm.
”I can’t stress it enough: weapons in the wrong hands has serious consequences. Weapons in children’s hands is never a good outcome,” Warnecke said. “Locks are available. Every weapon should be secured, away from a child, unloaded and locked.”