8-year-old injured in accidental shooting near Coushatta

COUSHATTA, LA (KSLA) - An 8-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital from what police describe as an accidental shooting.

Around 4 p.m. Monday, Red River Parish officials say they were called to the 11,000 block of US Highway 71 north of Coushatta for reports of a shooting.

When they arrived, they found the 8-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was airlifted to LSU hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition.

Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards says the boy and another child, believed to be around 2 years old, were playing with a 9mm semi-automatic weapon at the time of the shooting.

The children reportedly found the weapon in a vehicle.

Edwards says the department is still not sure if the boy shot himself or if the other child played a role in the shooting.

The shooting is still under investigation.

The identities of the children have not been released.

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