NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- A 2-year-old was taken to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself Thursday evening.

The shooting happened in the 200 block of Gallery Court just before 7:45 p.m.

According to police, the child's father was downstairs when the child found a the gun upstairs. The child was able to defeat the safety and accidentally shot himself.

The father grabbed the child and ran to a neighbor's house to get help and waited for emergency crews.

The child was taken to a local area hospital and is expected to be okay.

Police are investigating.