Police and medics were called to a shooting at a Eubanks Drive home in Riverside.
“A 3-year-old got ahold of his father’s weapon and accidentally shot himself in the leg,” Riverside police Sgt. Michael Safried said.
The gun was in a bedroom, and the young boy brought it into the living room where he was playing with it before he shot himself, the sergeant said.
The child’s father was home at the time, and the boy was taken to the hospital in stable condition, Safried said.
The shooting is under investigation and it’s not clear whether the father will face charges, Safried said.
Firearm safety is of the “utmost importance,” especially when children are in the home, the sergeant said.
"If you're going to own firearms, buy a safe. Secure them, keep them unloaded if you're not going to put them in a safe. Your children are most important."
The police Sgt. didn't mention it but there's also the POGO philosophy (pants on gun on) even at home. Not only is your gun secure, you don't have to go get it if you need it.