Bus stop shooting

, Posted: Wed, March 12 2014 at 10:00 AM, Updated: Wed, March 12 2014 at 10:07 AM

Bakersfield, Calif. -- (KGET) The curiosity of four children turned dangerous Tuesday morning when they found a loaded gun near a Bakersfield, California school bus stop. 

Sheriff's deputies said one of the boys accidentally fired the weapon just as the bus pulled up. Deputies say the boys found the gun in a nearby yard, then took the gun up to the bus stop. 

The Sheriff's Department said one boy then accidentally fired once, but remarkably came away with only a cut on the forehead.

"The recoil of the weapon caused the weapon to strike him, the butt of the weapon to strike him in the forehead caused a very minor injury, a laceration to his forehead," said Pruitt. 

At the scene a deputy placed a hand on the 8-year-old shooter's head, comforting the boy after what officials said could have been a deadly accident.

"Fortunately a tragedy was averted," said Ray Pruitt of the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

"The weapon was in the yard and they said the kids were grabbing it, playing with it," said Maria Quezada, the boy's aunt.

The Kern County Sheriff's Department says the gun was not registered so deputies still do not know how the gun ended up on the street or who it belongs to.

Pruitt said the gun is an American Derringer .38 and .357 caliber with a four-inch barrel.

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