8-year-old child suffered minor injuries after hit in the head with gun found at bus stop

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A young person suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning after firing a gun, Sheriff's Office officials said.

Four children found a gun in a yard near a bus stop in the 2600 block of Inyo Street in Northeast Bakersfield, KSCO officials told 23ABC.

The children thought the gun was fake and an 8-year-old fired. The kickback caused the gun to hit the child in the head, injuring him. 

Family members said at one point, the young boy had the gun turned on himself, but pointed it away before firing. 

The school bus approached the stop when the gun was fired, and the bus driver and students heard the discharge.

Sheriff's deputies responded at about 8:21 a.m.

Deputies searched the area door to door but did not locate anyone who had been struck by the gunfire. The students were identified, questioned and then released to continue to school.

Deputies seized the handgun and an investigation is ongoing in an attempt to determine the circumstances surrounding how the gun was discarded. The student who was injured did not require medical treatment.

District officials said counselors were made available to students at Longfellow Elementary, where the student attends school.

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