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'Lock up your weapons' | Child taken to Norton Children's after accidental shooting in Louisville

Police don't believe the child shot themselves and said this is a great example as to why gun safety is important in a household with weapons.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police are investigating after a 12-year-old was injured in what is being described as an "accidental" shooting early Thursday morning.

LMPD Maj. Corey Robinson said officers received a call for help around 1 a.m. from a home on West Hill Street.

Officers were told that the child was being rushed to the hospital in a personal vehicle. EMS crews were able to intercept the vehicle to take the child to Norton Children's Hospital.

The child is expected to be okay, but Robinson said this is a great example of how important gun safety is.

"I always tell people when you are handling a weapon, whether it's negligent or malicious, the result is always the same. We think this may be accidental, so it's imperative if you have a firearm to lock up your weapons," he said.

Major Robinson went on to say that these kinds of incidents are happening way too often.

"Two days ago a 13-year-old was shot in the arm, non-life-threatening but way too often, it's the same narrative where guns are unsecured and juveniles are getting their hands on them," he said.

Everyone in the home where the shooting happened is believed to be related, but Robinson said the department is still working to determine how the child got shot. They do not believe the child shot him or herself.

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