Danville, VA - Police say a 6-year-old found a gun Sunday and accidentally fired it, hitting a 22 month old girl in the back.
"It's devastating, I mean anytime a child gets injured it's always devastating," said neighbor John Taylor.
Police say seven people were inside the house on Glendale Avenue at the time of the accident.
Investigations reveal that a 6-year-old child found a 380 semi-automatic handgun belonging to a man living in the house and accidentally fired it.
Police say it was only one shot that went through a wall and into the little girl's back while she was playing in another room.
"It's sad, sad to hear. We've got to do a better job as parents," Taylor said.
"What's it make me feel? Sad. It really does because that 6 year old is going to think about it for the rest of his life," neighbor Mary Shrewsbury said.
Taylor says he's seen kids in the yard running around, just like his own four-year-old daughter.
"They are just kids, they're the innocent. It's not really their fault to be honest. Like I said, we as parents have to do a better job placing firearms where they can't get ahold to them," Taylor said.
"One is too many. We don't want this to ever happen," said ¤ Captain Matt Carter with the Danville Police Department.
Captain Carter says while the type of accident rarely happens, it should serve as a reminder for everyone to secure their weapons.
"You have to have the firearm put away somewhere safe to prevent something exactly like this from happening," Carter said.
ABC 13 tried to reach out to the family Monday, but they didn't want to comment.
The gun owner could be facing a class 3 misdemeanor charge.
The little girl was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial where she underwent surgery and is now awake and stable.
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