4-year-old finds loaded gun, fires shot

- It was a close call for one Bay area family Sunday evening when a 4-year-old boy found a loaded gun under his home and accidentally fired a shot.

St. Petersburg police say they received a call about the incident at 5:15 p.m., and arrived to the home in the 1700 block of Yale Street South shortly after. 

Detectives say the boy had been outside playing with a cat, and happened to find the gun when he followed the cat into the crawl space under the home.

He then took the loaded gun onto the porch and fired one round into the ground.  Luckily, no one was hurt.

The boy's grandmother and mother called police, then explained that the gun did not belong to them.

Police say it's unclear how the loaded, unregistered revolver ended up under the family's home, but it's believed that someone may have discarded it or hidden it there.


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