BISMARCK, Mo. ( - A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot in a home in St. Francois County Thursday night, police say.

Police say the shooting happened in the 1000 block of Center Street in the town of Bismarck around 9:20 p.m. The child was shot somewhere in the upper body.

Paramedics used lifesaving measures at the scene and took him to a St. Louis-area hospital.

Police currently believe the shooting was accidental but it remains under investigation.


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