ALBANY — The Albany Police Department said the reported shooting of a 4-year-old boy on Thursday evening appears to be accidental.

Reports show the incident happened at around 8 p.m. Phyllis Banks, a spokeswoman for the APD, said the shooting took place on the 1200 block of South Cleveland Street.

The boy and his cousin, age 5, were inside a residence playing when they found a semi-automatic handgun. As they were taking the gun to an adult, the gun accidentally discharged and the 4-year-old was struck in the shoulder.

Banks said the two adults in the home, the 6-year-old’s mother and her grandfather, were sleeping. The injured child was initially transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital but has since been sent to a hospital in Macon for further observation.

No charges have been filed as of Friday morning. The case remains under investigation.

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