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Neighbors react to 10-year-old shot in Iowa City

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A 10-year old boy is shot and Iowa City Police are still investigating how and why.

Police tell us the shooting happened Sunday evening inside a house in the 800 block of Hudson Avenue, on Iowa city's south side.

Neighbors that live in the area are shocked.

"Really kind of scary to think that someone got shot two houses down from my house," said Brittnee Price.

Price says she saw about four police cars, K-9 units, and undercover officers walking around looking for evidence. She says investigators were even searching her backyard for any clues surrounding the shooting.

Another neighbor, Jessica Duling lives just across the street and says a woman who lives in the home used to work with her at an area gas station.

"They come in the gas station all the time where I work," said Duling

Police say officers initially got the call to be dispatched to Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on a report of the 10-year-old boy with a gun-shot wound to his lower leg.

Officers arrived and later determined the shooting happened in the home on Hudson Ave.

Police say the gun used in the shooting incident was found inside the home, although they won't answer if the shooting was accident or who actually fired the gun.

"I didn't even know they would be the type to have guns, honestly," said Duling. "They're fairly nice. It's Insanely surprising and I'm sorry for the kid. A gun should probably be locked up more and I hope he's OK."

The 10-year old boy is expected to be OK, because his injuries are non-life threatening.

Sgt. Scott Gaarde with Iowa City Police say investigators have a "general idea" of who fired the gun, but wouldn't give any further details.

Gaarde did mention the Iowa Department of Human Services is involved in the investigation.

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