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A 7-year-old was hospitalized after a gun he was carrying while hunting discharged, hitting his back, WKYT-TV, the Herald-Leader’s media partner, reported.

A Kentucky State Police dispatcher told the Herald-Leader Saturday that the injury occurred Saturday morning and was non-life threatening. She said she could not confirm other details but that Fish and Wildlife authorities were investigating.

WKYT reported that the child and his grandfather were deer hunting in McCreary County and as the two were leaving the hunting area, the child’s gun was slung over his shoulder when the gun fired.

The 7-year-old’s grandfather drove him to a hospital in Somerset and he was then flown to University of Kentucky Hospital, according to WKYT.

Police classified the event as a hunting accident and do not expect to file criminal charges, WKYT-TV reported.

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