MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An 11-year-old is in the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after finding a gun in Memphis on Tuesday morning.
The incident happened on West Shelby Drive before 8 a.m.
Investigators said a group of kids were waiting at a bus stop across the street from a home when they found a gun near a utility pole. Family members said an 11-year-old named Bobby picked up the gun and accidentally shot himself in the hand.
Bobby was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition.
"Picked it up to look at it," Lt. Colonel Carolina Mason said. "Maybe the gun went off or he pulled the trigger? I don't know at this time."
Officers said they plan to canvas the area near the bus stop and track down the gun's owner.
Bobby is the seventh Mid-South child to be shot in three weeks. Six of those seven shootings were accidental.
That fact has many parents hoping gun owners will take notice and work harder to secure their firearms.
"It should've been a wake up call for the first or the second one, and I just think we need to be more careful," Bobby's cousin Vincent Northington said.
Lt. Colonel Mason said gun owners can get free gun locks from any Memphis Police Department precinct.
"At each precinct you can go by and get a safety lock, and that's what we want to recommend to all parents, all gun owners. Go by the precincts, they are free of charge," Mason said.