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Police: 3-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself

Last updated on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

(SOUTH BEND) - A 3-year-old boy who found an unlocked gun safe near where his mother was sleeping on a couch picked up the weapon and accidentally shot himself in the wrist, South Bend police said.

A spokeswoman at Memorial Hospital said Eric Caprio was transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he was in good condition Monday.

South Bend police Lt. Cindy Kilgore said the boy's father works the midnight shift, so the mother keeps a gun nearby. Kilgore said the mother was unaware her son was up and she was awakened when she heard the gunshot about 7 a.m. Sunday.

Kilgore said no charges were filed because police determined the shooting was accidental. A copy of the police report was forwarded to Child Protective Services.

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