St. Louis (KSDK) - A 12-year-old boy was accidentally shot Friday night by his cousin.
Police were called to a home in the 4000 block of Pennsylvania in south St. Louis around 6:30 p.m.
Initially there were conflicting reports about the boy's age. Police first said he is 11-years-old, while a relative said he is 13-years-old.
A cousin, Shonette Conner, said the victim, identified as Armond Jefferson, was with his 18-year-old cousin when they found a gun in an alley behind the home on Pennsylvania where there older boy lives.
She said the gun was behind a trash can, like it had been hidden.
The boys brought the gun inside the home where it discharged.
Conner says Jefferson, a north St. Louis County resident, was shot in the side, but is listed in stable condition at an area hospital. His family says he is alert and able to communicate.
The 18-year-old cousin was taken into custody for questioning.
There's no word on whether he will face any charges.