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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – A man has been hospitalized after what police are calling a shooting that should not have ever happened.

According to Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray, the reckless actions of one resident, has left his neighbor fighting for life.

Investigators said the accidental shooting happened at 104-P Autumn Way, in Sheffield Tuesday evening.

According to police, a resident was cleaning his handgun, and while he was unloading it, the man told police the 45-caliber pistol discharged.

Chief Ray explained when the gun went off, it entered the apartment next door, striking the neighbor in the upper torso, “That bullet actually went through and through of that victim. And actually, the bullet ended up lying on the counter in the kitchen. Tragic accident, but it could have certainly been prevented.”

And according to investigators, whether accidental or not, the man could face charges for the shooting.

Ray said it can be considered reckless conduct, and steps should have been taken to ensure others safety.

“It was stupid, stupid what happened,” said Chief Ray. “But one thing we have to say is, yeah it was an accident, this person does not appear that he intentionally done this, but you have to remember that there is a guy fighting for his life right now.”

Chief Ray explained that once their investigation is complete, they will present their findings to the Colbert County District Attorney’s Office, who could then present the case to a grand jury.

Police are not releasing the name of the victim or alleged shooter at this time.

The victim of the shooting was transported to Huntsville Hospital, his condition is unknown.