Child Critically Injured by Stashed Gun

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    Children playing cops and robbers found a real gun and now a child clings to life.

    A 12-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in Oakland Friday night when he and his friends found a loaded shotgun is in grave condition Sunday, a police spokesman said.

    The boy was playing in the parking garage of his apartment building at 427 Foothill Blvd. with some friends around 8 p.m. when they found the shotgun, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said.

    The kids, believing it wasn't loaded, began playing with it in a game of cops and robbers.
     
    One of the kids pulled the trigger, firing a round of buck shot that struck the child in the face.
       
    The boy was transported to Children's Hospital Oakland where he has had two operations in two days.

    The children said they found the gun under a pile of debris.

    Sources say it was covered dust and grime, meaning it might have been hidden for a long time.

    Police are trying to determine who owns the gun and who put it in the garage.

    Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at (510) 238-3326.