24-year-old Matthew Bairney, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was in his apartment, cleaning his handgun when he unintentionally discharged the weapon. The bullet went through the floor of his apartment and struck 3-year-old Keneja Long in the apartment below.
Keneja's father told police he heard a noise, saw a hole in the ceiling of his apartment and realized his daughter had been wounded in the arm. A few minutes later, Bairney called police to say he had accidentally fired his weapon.
"The gun shouldn't have been loaded," said Keneja's mother. "Thank God that bullet didn't hit my daughter in the head."
Keneja was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.
Bairney has been charged with reckless handing of a firearm, a misdemeanor.