A 9-year-old boy was seriously injured when he accidentally shot himself inside a home in Austin on the West Side.
The boy was playing with a gun around 1:45 pm. At 1500 Street on North Laurel Street when bullets fired and hit him in the head, Chicago police say.
Police said he was taken to Struger Hospital in critical condition.
Police said it was not immediately clear who the weapon belonged to or whether anyone had been arrested while Fifth District investigators were investigating.
Chicago has witnessed at least two other shootings this year in which children accidentally shot themselves while carrying weapons.
In April, a 5-year-old boy shot himself in the hand after finding a pistol in his father’s pocket while his parents were sleeping in their Woodlawn home. His father was later charged with using a gun and trying to dispose of a gun.
In March, a 13-year-old boy shot himself in the leg after he touched his older brother’s pistol inside their home in the back of their yards. The brother drove the child to Struger Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.
In other accidental shootings involving children, a 7-year-old girl accidentally shot her 11-year-old brother in February in Laundel after she managed to reach the gun. A woman was later accused of endangering the children.
Also in February, another child shot an 8-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl after the child found a gun in a house in Bronzville.