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Sheriff: 10-year-old accidentally shot by 7-year-old


A 10-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon after being accidentally shot by a 7-year-old in Jefferson County, Illinois.

According Sheriff Roger Mulch, deputies received the 911 call on Saturday around 3:30 p.m.

When deputies arrived at the scene on Baseline Road in Dix, Mulch says they found the 10-year-old boy lying inside an RV.

The RV is near a wooded area and used as a hunting cabin. It is owned by a Granite City, Illinois family.

Mulch says state police, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Jefferson County coroner were then dispatched to the scene.

Investigators say the 10-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were inside the vehicle when the 7-year-old picked up a long gun and a round accidentally discharged hitting the 10-year-old.

Autopsy results show it was a tragic accident, according to the sheriff.

Foul play is not suspected at this time. 

An investigation by the sheriff's office, the state's attorney, state police and the coroner continues.

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