NORTH ST. LOUIS ( --- Police have arrested two men after a child accidentally shot himself late Saturday night in north St. Louis. 

Just past 11 p.m., officers arrived at a home in the 5800 block of McArthur for a report of a 4-year-old boy shot. Once there, emergency crews transported the child to a nearby hospital. 

Authorities learned the child found a gun and accidentally fired it. It is unknown where the child was struck. 

The child is listed in critical condition, police say. 

"I was devastated because I actually know the little boy, he speaks to me all the time," neighbor Nyoka Young said. "My grandkids play with him all the time."

From across the street, another neighbor witnesses the aftermath. 

"I Heard people howling, screaming, running up and down the street, it was a sad situation because I have a daughter, it could have been her," said Larry Hodge.

A 33-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were taken into custody. 

The Child Abuse Division is handling the ongoing investigation.

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