LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself Saturday afternoon.

They say the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. inside a house near Algonquin Park.

"When officers arrived on scene, they did locate a 4-year-old black male from what we've been told accidentally shot himself in the face," said Alicia Smiley, LMPD spokesperson.

Police say also inside the home was the boy's mom, a 2-year-old girl and a baby.

"All of a sudden, police started coming from everywhere," said neighbor Richard Grisby.

Grisby said he didn't hear the gun shot but the tragedy brought more action than his neighborhood is used to.

"The girl was screaming and hollering talking about her kid. Somebody was hurt. You just never know what can happen," Grisby told WDRB.

The boy was rushed to the hospital. We're told he's listed in critical condition at Kosair.

Homicide detectives then took over the investigation.

"Nothing good is gonna come out of this either way," said Andre Mulligan, a friend of the family.

 Mulligan told WDRB
 the boy's mom had been in some trouble but was on the right track.

"She's starting to get her life together. She's enjoying the church. She's in school. She's doing positive for herself. She just had a situation that she was trying to fix. It's just sad, you know," he said.

Mulligan thinks there's a lesson to be learned here.

"Locking up guns. Does it save you or does it hurt you? If you're going to have guns, you need to lock them up," said Mulligan.

Police say a handgun used in the shooting has been recovered from the home.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and have not yet determined if the mother will be charged.

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