Birmingham police on 2 boys shot: 6-year-old released from hospital, 3-year-old in stable condition

Birmingham Police Lt. Sean Edwards said Wednesday that the 3-year-old boy shot Tuesday night, February 18, 2014 is in stable condition and expected to recover. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating two shootings involving children who accidentally shot themselves.

Police say a 3-year-old boy was rushed to a local hospital Tuesday evening by a family friend after he shot himself with a gun that he found inside a sofa.

Investigators say a 6-year-old boy also shot himself in his foot Tuesday night. Lt. Sean Edwards says the boy was in the backseat of his uncle's car when the shooting happened. Police say the man was driving and thought he blew a tire.

The boy has been treated and released from Children's Hospital and the 3-year-old boy is in stable condition.

It's unclear if charges will be filed.

Police Chief A.C. Roper says both children are recovering but gun owners need to remember to safely store their firearms.