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      Grandmother speaks out after shooting

      Andrea Collins says her grandson told her that he woke up before his Dad and girlfriend, found the gun under a couch cushion, started playing with and accidentally shot himself in the foot. / Rheya Spigner


      Seven-year-old Kourtney Hicks is in the hospital after he found a gun in a hotel room.

      Andrea Collins says her grandson told her that he woke up before his Dad and girlfriend, found the gun under a couch cushion, started playing with and accidentally shot himself in the foot.

      The incident happened at the Dollar Inn on North Slappey Boulevard.

      Collins says she doesn't know where the gun came from, but she's glad her grandson is ok. She said, "When I really got the full details I wanted to see him and just to get him to the hospital and the thing with the foot isn't as alarming as it would have been with other organs or other areas so I just thank God, it could have been a whole lot worse."

      She adds he's recovering nicely and should be released by Phoebe Putney today.

      Albany police say that the case remains under investigation.

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