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Apex child, 4, shot in the leg

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APEX, N.C. -

Apex police responded to a call reporting a child being shot Thursday afternoon. 

According to Apex Police, when officers arrived at the scene on Scott's Ridge Trail, they found a 4-year-old boy shot in the lower leg.

Christopher Hamby, a family friend, left a loaded firearm in the unlocked glove box of his vehicle. The victim and his 3-year-old brother were allowed to play in the car while the boy's mother and Hamby were inside the home.

The victim retrieved the gun from the glove box and shot himself in the leg.

The driver of the car was not the father. The driver of the car will not be charged because general statute is that only a parent or legal guardian can be charged.

The child was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Ann Stephens with the Apex Police Department confirmed that the child is still in the hospital but will be OK.

 

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