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6-year-old finds gun; Rusty, unloaded weapon turned over to police

A 6-year-old boy found a gun in a row of evergreen trees in Austin on Tuesday.

Austin Police responded to the report of a gun found in the 600 block of Ninth Avenue Southwest at 6:48 p.m.

According to Chief Brian Krueger, the boy found the gun in a row of evergreen trees and turned the weapon over to his mother, who then contacted the police.

Officers retrieved the weapon, a Taurus 9 mm pistol, and placed it into evidence. The weapon was rusty and unloaded.

The investigation into who left it there is ongoing.