The shooting happened yesterday at Moss Bluff Elementary School. Authorities are calling the shooting as accidental.

The shooting happened yesterday at Moss Bluff Elementary School. Authorities are calling the shooting as accidental.

The child is currently in "critical but stable condition," according to medical officials.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said a first-grader brought a loaded gun to school in his backpack.

Three students were involved in the incident. “The gun fell out of the backpack in the classroom and another student picked it up. The gun accidentally fired, hitting another student,” said Mancuso.

The 7-year-old underwent surgery for injuries sustained in the accident. A cardiovascular surgeon, two general trauma surgeons and a general surgery resident operated on the child in the operating room. He has since been transported to a pediatric intensive care unit for monitoring.

At the time of the accidental shooting, the school was put on lockdown initially, as a precaution. The incident was, however, isolated to one classroom.

Mancuso said neither the student who brought the gun, nor the student who accidentally fired the gun, will be held responsible, due to their age.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation of the situation. When they are finished, the results will be sent to the District Attorney’s Office to determine if charges should be filed against the gun owner.

Mancuso stated in a news release--

“I’m a pro-gun advocate and I believe in the 2nd amendment that allows us to possess and carry firearms, however, I also believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to keep our guns locked and out of the reach of children. In addition, talking to our children about the dangers of guns can help them know how to react if they encounter a gun at school or even at a friend’s house.”

Grief counselors will be available beginning tomorrow to help students deal with the shooting.