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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Officials in Georgia say a third-grader who accidentally shot a classmate at school found the weapon while exploring his family’s kitchen.

The shooting happened Tuesday at Hornsby Elementary School in Augusta. Authorities said the child was playing with the gun inside a desk when it accidentally discharged, grazing a girl. School officials say she was treated at a hospital and released.

Richmond County Department of School Safety Chief Alfonzo Williams said in a statement the boy was looking around his house for a toy and found the gun hidden in a curio stand in the kitchen. Williams said he used a chair to climb onto a counter to get to the gun.

The students’ names weren’t released because of their ages.

The Augusta Chronicle ( ) reports that school officials are reviewing security measures.


Information from: The Augusta Chronicle ,