North Carolina child accidentally shoots himself after finding gun in car, sheriff says

STATESVILLE, North Carolina -- An investigation is underway after deputies said a child shot himself early Thursday morning in Statesville, North Carolina.

Authorities told WSOC that the child was shot just before 7 a.m. on Compton Park Road.

According to Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell, a bullet grazed the child's head, and although he was not seriously injured, he was taken to the hospital.

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The child's age has not been released.

Investigators said the child discovered the gun inside a car. Authorities want to stress the importance of securing your weapons.

It was not confirmed if charges would be filed.