MAYNARDVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating how a child accidentally shot a parent in Maynardville over the weekend.

Deputies received a call at 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, about a child who had accidentally shot one of their parents. According to the report, Union County Police reported to the 100 block of Raceway Drive where the incident occurred.

A spokesperson said the child was removing the handgun from a vehicle when the gun fired, striking one of the parents.That parent was reported to be alert and conscious at the scene.

The injured person was was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Police believed the shooting was accidental and are continuing to investigate the circumstances.