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Boy, 11, accidentally shoots brother, 9, in Pierce Co.

Published On: Nov 25 2012 12:16:19 PM CST

SPRING VALLEY, Wis. -

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said an 11-year-old boy accidentally fired a handgun and struck his 9-year-old brother in the leg at their home in Spring Valley.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon. The Sheriff's Department said the 11-year-old was unloading the gun when he accidentally fired it.

The 9-year-old was taken to a hospital in Menomonie before being airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting but has not released the victim's name.

A Regions media representative said Sunday that the hospital cannot release his condition without being provided his name.

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