Police said the victim was transported to a hospital and is expected to survive.
Upon further investigation, the child's uncle, Laron Alston, was reportedly arrested at the scene. At the time of the incident, police said Alston was watching the child.
Alston reportedly did not have a proper gun safe, and his 40-caliber Sig Sauer was inside the cushion of a recliner for "safekeeping." His nephew allegedly located the gun and shot himself. According to police, authorities removed a second firearm from the home.
Alston was reportedly charged with second-degree child abuse. His bond was set at $15,000.