(KMOV) -- A 3-year-old is suffering critical injuries after accidentally shooting himself in the head in north St. Louis Thursday afternoon.
This happened 4100 block of Shreve around 1:00 p.m.
The child is currently in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Children’s Hospital.
Officials say they are still piecing together what happened, but they say they believe that the boy was home with his mother and an infant sibling. The father was reportedly next door at a neighbor’s house. Somehow the boy got his hands on a loaded gun and accidentally shot himself in the head.
The boy was found lying on a bed.
The mother ran to the neighbor’s house hysterical, then she and the father in two vehicles raced toward Children’s Hospital.
Along the way, they flagged down paramedics on Kingshighway.
Investigators say they did recover a gun inside the home. While it’s not clear at this point if the gun found was the one used in the shooting, investigators will be doing ballistics tests to reach a conclusion
They also say that they are continuing to interview the child’s parents, family members and neighbors to determine what actually happened.
No charges are being sought at this time, but child endangerment is a possibility.