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6-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself after finding handgun in City Heights home

The boy started playing with the handgun, which discharged a bullet that struck him in the chest, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A 6-year-old boy was in stable condition Wednesday morning after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while playing with a handgun he found under a mattress in a City Heights home, police said.

It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday at a home on 52nd Street, between El Cajon Boulevard and Trojan Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

A 6-year-old boy was playing in his grandmother's room when he found a 22-caliber handgun underneath the mattress, Buttle said.

The boy started playing with the handgun, which discharged a bullet that struck him in the chest, the officer said.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of a "through-and-through" gunshot wound to his chest, Buttle said, adding that the boy was in stable condition as of 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Detectives with SDPD's Child Abuse division were investigating the incident.