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UPDATE: 1-year-old accidentally shot, Chattanooga police say

UPDATE: Chattanooga police are urging gun owners to properly secure their firearms after a one-year-old was shot in the leg Monday evening.


It happened just before 5:30 at the 2500 block of Ocoee Street.


Police described the incident as an accidental shooting after officers were told on the scene that an unsecured firearm discharged and hit the boy in the leg. According to a press release from the Chattanooga Police Department, the incident “allegedly occurred as a family member reached for a purse that held the gun.”


The toddler was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, police said.


The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed as of yet.

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It happened near Ocoee Street.


The child is expected to be okay.


A Local 3 News crew is on the scene to learn more.