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Indiana County boy, 10, accidentally shot by brother

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

A 10-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his 15-year-old brother at a home in Indiana County on Sunday, according to state police.

The 15-year-old boy believed he had unloaded a .22 caliber pistol that he had just used for target practice, police said. The two boys were sitting across from each other in the living room of a Cherry Hill Township home when the older boy “was playing with the hammer and trigger” on the weapon, police said in a news release.

One round remaining in the chamber fired, striking the 10-year-old boy behind the ear. Police said the bullet traveled along the boy's skull just underneath his skin.

He was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center in stable condition and was later transported to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh as a precaution. Police did not have an updated condition report.

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