Pierce County boy accidentally shoots brother

CREATED Nov 25, 2012

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SPRING VALLEY - The Pierce County Sheriff's Department says 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 says 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 says Sunday that the hospital cannot release his condition without being provided his name.