Boy, 2, Accidentally Shoots Himself Inside Philly Home

The shooting took place inside a home on the 1700 block of South Cleveland Street Wednesday night

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A 2-year-old boy was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself inside a Philadelphia home.

The shooting occurred inside a second floor bedroom of a home on the 1700 block of Cleveland Street around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said the child was holding a gun when he accidentally shot himself. The bullet went through his stomach and exited through his back.

His parents rushed him to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where he was listed in stable condition.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said: "Yet another one of our precious children has suffered a critical injury as a result of gunfire.

“While the manner in which the child was shot is still under investigation, it is already apparent that as a community, we must do everything possible to ensure that our children are safe in their homes."

Police said a few adults and another child were inside at the time of the shooting. The adults were being interviewed by investigators.

"Gun safety is very, very important, especially if you have children and young children in the house because they're always going to get their hands on that gun and even if you hide the ammunition, sometimes children, they know where you hide the ammunition," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "Best thing to do is lock that gun away."

At least 191 minors have been shot in Philadelphia so far this year, which makes up around 10% of all shootings in the city, according to figures compiled by the city controller’s office.

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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