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Police: 9-year-old accidentally shoots himself

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Police are investigating an incident in which a 9-year-old child accidently shot himself on Orange Street.

On Saturday July 20, at about 6:15 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Orange Street for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, officers learned that a 9-year-old male sustained a single gunshot wound to his hand and had been transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital by private vehicle.

Detectives went to the hospital and spoke with the child who told them that he found a handgun in the rear yard of a home on Orange Street. He states he was handling the handgun and accidently shot himself in the hand.

Chaney was treated at the hospital and released, but his family says the most troubling thing about the incident is the gun still has not been found.  The boy is recovering at home with his father, and his grandmother asking why a gun was in her backyard in the first place.

Chaney says he was sitting in his backyard when he found a handgun in a flower pot.  He says he had no idea the gun was loaded.

"It was in my hand and a cat came by and just rubbed my legs," he said.  "I was scared and just pulled the trigger."

Chaney's grandmother, Janet Wilburn, said she was sitting on the front step when she heard the gun shot.

"It sounded like a firecracker," said Wilburn.  "I said, wow, people are still shooting fireworks.  But it wasn't a firework, it was a gun."

The bullet went right into Chaney left hand, he was treated at Albany Medical Center and released.  But now, the question remains for police and Chaney's family, how the gun got there in the first place.

"I've been trying to figure it out," said Wilburn.  "I don't have a clue who put it down or who could have moved it.  But I wish I did know."

"Any given day there's always a bunch of kids playing on the block," added Anthony Chaney Sr., Chaney's father.  "There's something that needs to be done about it."

"What happened to me, I don't want any other kids getting like this," said Chaney.

Albany police will not confirm the gun is a community gun, only investigating the possibility. The investigation is still ongoing, check news10.com for updates.

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