South AL child, 2, shot in the back by another child

SAMSON, AL (WSFA) - A 2-year-old is in stable condition after being airlifted to a Pensacola hospital for surgery over the weekend for a gunshot wound.

Investigators in Samson, located in Geneva County, were called to a report of a child being shot around midnight Sunday.

First responders found the child with a bullet wound that started in his back and went all the way through his front.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist. A preliminary investigation found a boy between ages 5 and 6 climbed to the top of a cabinet where he picked up a .32 caliber pistol.

An adult was in the home but was cleaning in the bathroom, according to investigators.

The older child shot the 2-year-old while the adult was out of the room, investigators said.

The district attorney's office has been briefed but no charges are expected to be filed.

You can read more about steps to protect your children and statistics about kids and guns at https://www.safekids.org/safetytips/field.

Parents should have a serious conversation with their children about guns. Tell them that if they see a gun:

STOP
DON'T TOUCH
LEAVE THE AREA
TELL AN ADULT

Nearly 1,300 children die each year in gun violence and another 5,700 are wounded. That's 19 children a day.

Copyright 2018 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.