St. Paul Police: Child Found Handgun in Unlocked Cabinet, Accidentally Shot Toddler
St. Paul Police say the handgun involved in the accidental shooting of a 2-year-old boy, was not secured.
The boy, Jacob Xiong, was shot around noon Thursday at a home on the 1300 block of Beech Street in St. Paul.
Investigators believe that one of Jacob's siblings discovered the weapon in an unlocked cabinet. The child apparently thought the weapon was not loaded, and began playing with it.
As the child played with the handgun, it went off, and a bullet hit Jacob in his head.
Jacob was rushed to the hospital where he remains in "serious, but stable condition."
At this point, it's unclear which of Jacob's siblings was playing with the weapon.
A 16-year-old was watching Jacob and three other children at the time of the shooting. All five people in the home were related.
Additional details on the extent of Jacob's injures have not been released.