Shreveport Police are investigating an early morning shooting in south Shreveport that left a three year old boy wounded.

Officers were called to a home in the 100 block of Flournoy Lucas Drive on a report of a child being shot. Officers found a three year old inside the home with a gunshot wound to the arm. EMS crews transported the child to University Health where he is expected to recover.

The child’s mother, 27-year-old Chelsie Hamm, reported the shooting as an accident. She told officers the child had gotten a hold of the loaded gun after she briefly put it down. Hamm told officers the child shot the gun, hitting himself in the arm. Patrol officers were suspicious of the reports and investigators were summoned.

Investigators collected evidence and photographed the scene and interviewed witnesses.

Evidence indicates Hamm was sleeping outside of the home on the front porch and left the gun unsecured inside of the home where it was a foreseeable danger to the three small children inside. Following interviews with investigators, Hamm was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of illegal use of a weapon. Child protection was notified.