Police in Queens say a 12-year-old boy is charged with criminal possession of a weapon after he accidentally shot his older sister while playing with a gun early Friday morning.
Police say it happened just before 2:30 a.m. inside their home located at 104-49 164th Street in Jamaica.
Police say the boy was playing with the gun when it went off.
The 14-year-old was taken to Jamaica Hospital with a wound to her abdomen.
She is expected to recover.
Authorities say a total of eight people were inside the home at the time of shooting, including the boy, his sister, their 5-year-old brother and five adults.
Police say that one of the adults inside at the time was the boy's mother.
No other injuries were reported.
Neighbors who spoke with NY1 said they are saddened but not surprised. Many said that they don't feel safe in their neighborhood.
"I know them real good, they're very nice people," said one neighbor.
"Scary. You know, you're not safe because a child, you know, get the gun. If it happens inside, it could have happened outside, too. I could have passed by, and then maybe, it could have been me," said another neighbor.
A .22-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene.
Police say the boy claims that someone gave him the gun.
They are still trying to figure out where it came from.
No one else has been charged in connection with the incident.
The Administration for Children's Services is investigating.