6-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Grandfather with Pistol

April 2, 2006 - Posted at 12:48 p.m. CST

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) _ A man who police say let his

six-year-old grandson handle a pistol sustained a wound to the

chest when the weapon discharged.

Forty-nine-year-old Steve Patton of Springdale was shot by the

.22 caliber weapon at about 5 p.m. Sunday at Patton's camper at a

recreational vehicle park.

Springdale police Lieutenant Ron Hritz says Patton told

officials he thought the gun wasn't loaded.

Patton was taken to Northwest Medical Center of Washington

County, where he underwent surgery Saturday night. He was in an

intensive unit today in fair condition.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)