Elementary student accidentally shot after bringing gun to school

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama elementary school student was accidentally shot in the hand Monday after bringing a gun to school.

Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray told news outlets a “small student” brought the gun to school at Blossomwood Elementary School in Huntsville.

Police said the student had been showing the gun to other students when it went off, shooting him in the hand. McMurray said the child was not “seriously harmed.”

McMurray said it appears to be an accidental shooting. He said there was “no intent to harm anyone.”

He urged parents to keep their guns secured at home.

“If you have a weapon in your house, there is nothing wrong with that, but you do need to safeguard it. You need to lock these weapons down,”

Lt. Michael Johnson said the student who was injured is the same student who brought the gun to school. He said the incident took place in a bathroom in the school gymnasium.

The school system did not release the children’s age or grade. The school serves students up to fifth grade.

This story has been corrected to reflect that police said the injured student is the one who brought the gun to school.

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