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6-year-old accidentally shoots himself

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An Amarillo man could face charges after a boy shoots himself with a gun. The 6-year-old Amarillo boy was staying at a relative's home Saturday night when he accidentally shot himself in the stomach.

This happened near Hillside and Soncy at a home in the 9000 block of Orry in Amarillo. Around 11:30 p.m. the boy was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for medical care, and then had to be flown to Lubbock for more treatment.

As of right now, his condition is stable. The homeowner told police the gun had been hidden. And family members who were present say they did not see the shooting take place.

Mark Carty lives in the same block where this incident happened. He says, "I'm a bit surprised we don't normally have anything unusual happen in this neighborhood. It's normally quiet. Parents seem to watch their children pretty closely in the neighborhood. We see them out in the yards and riding their bicycles."

Police say incidents like this occur every two to three years in Amarillo, and sometimes are fatal. Corporal Jerry Neufeld says, "This is a chance for the public to take this as a lesson learned. And think okay, 'Where are my firearms in the house? How are they secured? Do I have gun locks on them? Do I have them in a safe? Are they loaded?' Things like that. Things that they need to look at. And even a weapon not being loaded isn't always a guarantee that a child can't slide a magazine."

Officers say the homeowner could face a possible charge of Making a Firearm Accessible to a Child. They'll present the case to the Randall County District Attorney in about two weeks.

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.