Police: Boy, 2, accidentally shoots self after finding gun in mother's purse

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Pa. - A 2-year-old boy was shot in the head late Thursday night at a home on 2nd Street in Luzerne Township, Fayette County.

Investigators said Owen Harris was rushed to UPMC Children's Hospital and is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Police said the boy accidentally shot himself after finding a gun, owned by his stepfather, in his mother's purse. According to police, charges are not being filed, and the shooting was an accident.

Family members told Channel 11's Lori Houy that they are awaiting word from doctors to hear how the young child is doing.

"They just told us they are trying to get the swelling down and they can't really tell us anything because it's on and off," said great-grandfather Philip Gill. "I was shocked and rushed down here to see what happened. Just what they're telling us [is] bits and pieces."

"I hope he's alright and can make it through. Everybody's praying for him," said cousin William Gill.

Friends said the boy lives at the home with his mother.

"He's a good little boy. He likes to play and stuff," said family friend Jeff Umbel.

Officials are stressing the need for gun safety in homes.

"No. 1 would be to unload the weapon and to keep it unloaded in the house at all times," said Trooper Stefani Plume.