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."
Police and medics were called Monday night to a report of an accidental shooting involving a young child.
The incident happened around 6:50 p.m. on Eubanks Drive off Airway Road in Riverside.
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According to initial reports, a 3-year-old boy shot himself in the leg after picking up a gun off a shelf when his parents weren’t looking.
The child’s condition was unknown but he was reported to be breathing.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.