Police investigating after 7-year-old boy shot in Sandusky

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SANDUSKY- A 7-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was shot inside a Sandusky home.

911 CALLER: "My nephew was playing with a gun and shot himself in the neck, please hurry up."

A man called police Sunday afternoon to say his nephew was shot in an upstairs duplex while playing with a pistol on Center Street in Sandusky.

"I heard a loud bang, actually I thought someone had thrown a concrete block at the car next to my window, it sounded that loud, like someone broke a windshield," said neighbor Patti Daugherty.

"We do not know for sure that it is a self-inflicted wound, that very well may be the case. It's gonna be awhile before we can determine that," said Sandusky police Lt. Richard Braun. "We have to wait until they do the investigation and get some forensic evidence to see whether that's the case or not."

State investigators with BCI are helping with the investigation. Sandusky police say two men were inside the home at the time. Both have been questioned, but no charges have been filed.

The downstairs neighbor told Fox 8 that the child did not live in the home, and he was there because a relative was babysitting him.

"We've been praying, we've been praying for him and for the family," said Daugherty.

Police say the child was first taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, but then flown by helicopter to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland. He is currently in critical condition.

"It's the responsibility of the adult, if they have a gun in the house, that they should have it locked," said Lt. Braun.

As police try to figure out the details of what happened, they urge gun owners to always take precautions.

"You should not have it where it's accessible to such a young child like that cause kids, they're curious, they play with play guns and everything, they don't realize how serious it is when it's a real gun and they might not even know it's a real gun," Braun added.

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