9-year-old boy shot in head while playing with cousin, 11

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Posted: Mar 31, 2017 11:41 AM

BENEDICT, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head while playing with his 11-year-old cousin in central North Dakota.

The Ward County Sheriff's Department says the two were playing with a .22-caliber pistol at a home in Benedict on Wednesday evening when the gun fired and struck the 9-year-old in the head. The department says they didn't know the weapon was loaded.

The boy was taken to a hospital in nearby Garrison, about 75 miles north of Bismarck. His condition hasn't been released.