4-year-old boy accidentally shot in Phoenix, police say

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Phoenix police said they are investigating an accidental shooting involving a 4-year-old boy.

Initial reports indicated that a parent called 911 Monday after the child was somehow shot in the foot near 19th Avenue and Cactus Road.

Although the gunshot wound was initially reported as self-inflicted, police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the injury.

Neighbors are still shaking after the boy's mom rushed out of the apartment, crying and screaming for someone to call 911.

"She was panicking; he was panicking," said neighbor Jessica Molitor. "It was crazy. Sad, sad situation. They said that he was sitting on his mom's lap and somehow he got a hold of a gun and shot himself. That's what the mom told me."

The child was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive.

"At first it was like, 'What did he step on?' because I mean, there was blood everywhere and she said he shot himself," said Molitor.

There's no word whether any charges will be filed. 

The investigation into the incident continues.

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