Child shot in Franklin County hunting accident - KMOV.com

Child shot in Franklin County hunting accident

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- A 9-year-old boy was shot in an apparent accident as he and his father were hunting in Franklin County Sunday morning.

Police said the shooting happened in the 1000 block of Sauer Ford Road, near Berger, Missouri. The boy was found in a wooded area on a large farm with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The injury is not life-threatening.

Police believe the child was in a tree stand when he attempted to hand a 20-gauge shotgun to a family friend. While handing the gun down from the tree stand, the butt-end of the firearm struck a rung on the ladder, causing the gun to discharge, striking the boy. 

The child was transported to St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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