EDITORS NOTE: Police originally said the child is a girl, but neighbors on the scene told News 4 the child is a boy.

SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A 6-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the abdomen in south St. Louis Tuesday evening, according to authorities.

6 year old shot on Nebraska

The shooting happened in the 4200 block of Nebraska Ave. around 6:45 p.m. 

Initial reports from St. Louis police said the child's injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

An official told News 4 the child was shot after a gun reportedly discharged after falling to the ground. The child was not playing with the gun, police say.

Investigators were the scene for nearly three hours Tuesday evening. The Child Abuse Division is handling the ongoing investigation. 

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