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South Los Angeles boy shoots himself while playing with gun

A South Los Angeles boy was stable Friday evening after shooting himself in the hand and thigh, authorities said.

The boy, whose age was not released, was playing with a gun when the incident occurred, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Ed Luna.

Deputies responded to the area near 123 Street and Denker Avenue after receiving a call about 6:20 p.m.

The child shot himself in the left hand. The bullet went through his hand into his left thigh, Luna said. He was taken to a hospital.

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KABC-TV Channel 7 reported that the boy’s father was taken into custody for suspicion of negligent storage of a firearm.

Luna said the investigation was ongoing and he could not confirm any details regarding the father.

esmeralda.bermudez@latimes.com

@LATBermudez

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