A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the stomach by his mother while she was trying to load a gun.

Johnny Andrews was shot early Saturday while his mother's boyfriend was showing her how to us a .45-caliber handgun when two shots went off, one hitting the boy in the abdomen, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said.

It appears the woman Carey Fitts, 30, was pulling the slide back to load the weapon while her finger was on the trigger, Sheriff's Cpl. Tom Brewer said.

"The trigger pull on those guns is real dainty," Brewer said. "It doesn't take much to pull the trigger. It looks like she pulled the slide back, and we surmise she had her finger on trigger, and when she wrapped the round, it popped off. You can shoot a round really quick on those guns."

Brewer said two other children, ages 4 and 10 months, were in the apartment at the time.

The boy was brought to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Fitts has been charged with reckless conduct.