8-Year-old shot in face after finding uncle's gun

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PHOENIX -- An 8-year-old boy was shot in the face after several children got a hold of a handgun Sunday afternoon.

Police say an 8-year-old boy was shot in the face at a Phoenix home.

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Homicide investigators determined that the boy's uncle, Javier Gudino Cruz, 24, left a gun outside a home near Indian School Road and Ninth Street in Phoenix.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, Cruz had the gun out earlier Sunday morning and fired it in the yard after drinking and having a fight in which he was cut.

Investigators say that Cruz left the gun on a small wall in front of the home where his nephew and three other kids, ages 4 to 6, found it.

The children were in the living room when a round was discharged, striking the 8-year-old in the face.

The aunt and uncle found the boy.

According to police, Cruz carried the victim to the front yard and then tossed the gun between the wall of the house and a masonry wall surrounding the yard.

At some point someone called 911. The child was transported to a hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Investigators determined that Cruz is a prohibited possessor due to his undocumented immigration status.

Cruz was booked for being a prohibited possessor of a firearm, child abuse and discharging a firearm.

The investigation is continuing.