A 9-year-old girl was seriously wounded in Newark today when she was accidentally shot in the chest by her 12-year-old brother, according to authorities.

Police report that the boy was playing with a 9mm handgun in his family's home on Renner Avenue in Newark at around noon when he shot the little girl. She was transported to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where she is listed in critical condition.

It is unclear how the boy obtained the weapon, or who it belonged to. The gun was recovered at the scene, and authorities are investigating.