Child critically wounded after accidentally shooting himself with loaded gun he found

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police in Virginia Beach say a young child accidentally shot himself after finding a loaded firearm on Saturday afternoon.

Police responded to the 1600 block of Chase Arbor Commons in Virginia Beach for a report of a “young child suffering from a gunshot wound” just after 3:45 p.m.

Officials said that the young child “found a loaded firearm, picked it up, and accidentally shot himself.”  

The child is suffering from life-threatening injuries and has been transported to a nearby hospital.

Police have not released information on the child’s age, owner of the firearm, how the child got hold of it.

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