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12-year-old shooting victim in critical condition

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 12-year-old Fairdale, Ky. boy is still in critical condition after being shot in the chest last night. Police are still looking into exactly what happened.

The boy, whose name we are withholding for now, is in intensive care here at Kosair Children's Hospital. It appears the shooting was a tragic accident.

All was quiet today at the small white frame house on Mt. Holly Rd. in Fairdale. Neighbors say that's nothing new. They say the family has lived here just a few months and has never caused any trouble.

"They're very quiet. They keep to themselves. A nice lady. They keep their property up. I've never seen the police or anyone over there. They seem to be a very nice family," said Mike Talley, who lives across the street.

There were lots of police here last night after reports of gunfire. The 12-year-old victim had been shot in the chest with a handgun. At this point, it appears the shooting was an accident. Police have not said whether they will file charges.

"There were several people inside at the time that the shooting occurred. So, still trying to determine exactly who was where, who the weapon itself belonged to. I can say that it was not self-inflicted," said Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley.

The boy was escorted by police to Kosair Children's Hospital for surgery.

There is a lot of chatter on Facebook detailing what happened. But so far, police have not confirmed any of that information.

There are conflicting accounts of past problems inside the house. Last night, one neighbor complained of hearing gunfire from the house earlier in the day.

"It's just been random shootings at that house. I don't know what reason, why they'd be firing a gun inside the house. It just doesn't make any sense," said Jonathan Hodges.

But another paints a different picture.

"They take care of the property and keep to themselves. When you see them, wave and that's about it," said Mike Talley.

We are told that family and friends have gathered here at Kosair Children's Hospital. But aside from Facebook chatter, so far today there has been no comment from family or from police.

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