BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy who was shot in the knee outside his home in Bradenton on Monday night is expected to make a full recovery.
Manatee County Sheriff's officials say the shooting happened while the boy's mother and five other adults were inside the house. Authorities say the adults heard the gunshot and went outside, where they found the boy on the ground with the gun beside him.
The child, who was not named, was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Manatee County Sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow said that the adults in the house told detectives that the boy shot himself and that it was an accident.
"They're saying they had no idea where he got the gun," Bristow said.
Detectives from the crimes against children division were at the scene early Tuesday and continue to investigate, Bristow added.
Child Protection Services is also looking into the incident.