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RED BANK, TN. (WRCB)  --  Red Bank  Police are investigating what they believe to be an accidental shooting involving a child.  It happened Saturday at Silver Creek Apartments on Dayton Boulevard.

The 3-year-old boy suffered a gun shot wound to the hand.  Police say a baby-sitter was home with the boy Saturday morning while his mother was at work.  The sitter told police the child was sleeping, and the next thing she knew he'd been shot.

"The police went upstairs put yellow tape out and everything," says neighbor Katie Suhr.  "I thought something happened to everyone inside, I didn't know it was just the little boy."

Suhr watched from her apartment next door as Red Bank Police worked inside her neighbors home all day Saturday.  Later Suhr found out her from her maintenance man why police were there. 

"He told us the baby found the gun accidentally and shot himself in the hand," she says. 

No one was home at apartment A-16 Sunday.  Blood marks on the doorknob and second floor railing paint a picture of what happened.

"He's a happy little boy," Suhr says.  "He's a pretty little boy."

Suhr says she has talked to the child's mother before.  Her kids have even played with the 3-year-old at the apartment complex pool.

"They're good people," she says.  "I've talked to her several times."

Red Bank Police say they were alerted to the shooting when the 3-year-old and his mother showed up at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.

Police say the hand gun belongs to the child's mother.  She's often home alone with her son, and keeps the gun out for protection. 

"His mom and another girl brought him back and took him upstairs," says Suhr. 

The neighbor says police were still investigating when mother and son return home Saturday evening.  The baby's hand was wrapped in bandages.

Police say investigators with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services were at the scene Saturday, and are also investigating the shooting.  

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