The unlicensed gun, which appears to be a .9mm., was stored in a safe in the closet, but it is unclear if the closet or safe was unlocked.
The boy shot himself in the head inside an apartment at 5 Fordham Hill Oval, in the Fordham Manor section of the Bronx, around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, according to police and Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera.
A neighbor told 1010 WINS the boy’s younger siblings ran to his apartment and told him the boy had been shot. When the neighbor went to the boy’s apartment, he found him lying on the floor unresponsive, he said.
Cabrera, who lives in the Fordham Hill complex, told reporters the boy accidentally shot himself in the head.
The bullet, Cabrera said, did not penetrate the boy’s skull.
– The father of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head Monday afternoon inside a Bronx apartment building, was arrested in the evening.He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, the NYPD said. He remains in critical but stable condition.