A Minden woman is in the hospital after being shot by her 7-year-old nephew Friday.

Webster Parish Gary Sexton said around 2:30 p.m., he received a call that Amanda Gipson was shot twice with a lever action .22 rifle at a Dogwood Trail residence.

“(EMS) took her to Minden Medical Center, and she was airlifted to Shreveport,” he said. “The juvenile has some anger and behavioral issues, and at the age of 7, the law says you can’t form intent.”

He said the preliminary investigation revealed the gun was locked in a gun cabinet and the child knew where it was. He then reportedly shot her in the side twice, Sexton said.

“The aunt told deputies it was accident,” he said. “We’re not buying the accident theory, because you can’t use a lever action shotgun and not have intent. You have to eject the shell and load another one in.”

The investigation is still ongoing, and Sexton will meet with the district attorney’s office Monday to discuss the next move in the case.

The child is in the custody of his grandparents, Sexton said.