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Deputy: Boy, 10, shot while looking at gun

Bethlehem - A Bethlehem boy was hospitalized in Atlanta after an accidental gunshot blast struck his leg Thursday morning, sheriff's deputies said.

The 10-year-old boy, who was not identified, is expected to survive the injuries.

The Barrow County Sheriff's Office said the child and a 12-year-old buddy were playing with the 12-gauge shotgun in the elder boy's Harold Drive home in Bethlehem when the weapon fired. The department received a 911 call reporting the accidental shooting at 11:47 a.m.

"They were looking at the shotgun, just handling it, and it went off," said Barrow County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Murray Kogod.

The wounded boy was airlifted to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston, where he remained Thursday afternoon, Kogod said.

The elder boy's parents owned the shotgun but were not home at the time, officials said.

No charges had been pressed Thursday, but Kogod said they could be pending if it's determined the weapon wasn't properly locked away.

"At this point, it looks to be completely accidental," Kogod said. "However, we are still investigating details."