3-year-old shot in the arm by 4-year-old

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – A 3-year-old child is recovering from a shotgun injury. Police say the child and a 4-year-old were playing with the weapon when it fired one time.   Police say the children found a 12-gauge shotgun inside a closet of their home on Lorna Lane in north St. Louis County.   Police received the call for help just after Noon on Easter Sunday.

Police say the children’s mother and fiancé were home at the time of the shooting. The fiancé was taken into custody but as of Sunday night, no charges had been filed.

Police say the mother was taking a nap. She is also the mother of a 3-month old baby.   One investigator said the injury to the child appeared to be a minor wound to one his arms.

One neighbor said he knew the family and was just praying everything would be okay.

“Just a sad situation,” said that neighbor. “Good family, just a sad situation and hopefully everything works out for him. “

Bonnie Caroll lives a block away. She shook her head over the news a child was injured while playing with a shotgun.

“I hear about these cases all the time,” said Caroll. “Parents need to keep an eye on their kids and put their guns up.”

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