Deputies: Boy playing with gun accidentally shoots friend

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Updated: 6/30/2013 9:10 pm Published: 6/30/2013 9:09 pm

A fascination with firearms sent a Green Country boy to the hospital.
The shooting happened in Fort Gibson Saturday afternoon.

Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said the parents thought the gun was empty. It was up in a closet when a 10 or 11-year-old got a hold of it and started pulling the trigger, not knowing there was a bullet inside the chamber.

FOX23 reached out to the families of both kids. They declined to comment, only saying the boys are close friends and this was an accident.

Pearson says it's an accident they see a lot of with families that have guns in the home. He said the boy was playing with a .22-caliber revolver. Pearson said the father told him he thought he dumped the bullets out of the gun. However, one bullet remained. The bullet went through the victim's hand and lodged in his hip. Deputies are ruling this as an accident.

Pearson is advising people to double check their weapons to make sure they're unloaded but also says they should put a lock on the weapon.

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