The boy is expected to live.Authorities said three boys ages 10, 9 and 7 had found a 9-millimeter gun somewhere inside the home. It's not clear if they were playing with the gun when it went off, Paulos said."It's tragic. It's sad," he said. "Children will be snoops. They like to explore. They like to discover."
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.
This article about the shooting of a two year old revealed that the gun was shot by a sibling of the boy:
St. Paul police said Friday that the 2-year-old boy shot accidentally in his East Side home Thursday was wounded by a handgun that his brother found in an unlocked cabinet.The brother, believing the gun to be unloaded, was playing with it -- and it discharged, police spokesman Howie Padilla said Friday. (...)According to Padilla, investigators also recovered other firearms from the home, but he declined to say how many or what type. The question of whether they were secured remains under investigation. Padilla also would not say who owned the firearms.Police also declined to identify which of Jacob's brothers fired the weapon. On Thursday, at the scene of the shooting, police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos said that Jacob was in the home with his 16-year-old sister, who was babysitting, and with three boys ages 10, 9 and 7.