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BENSON -- A 9-year-old boy who was hunting with his grandfather was shot when a gun accidentally went off as he was climbing over a fence.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office says the boy was struck in the leg early Sunday northeast of Benson.

His injury wasn't life-threatening, but he suffered significant damage to one of his legs.

The sheriff's office says the accident occurred as the grandfather had the boy hand him a rifle by sliding it under the fence once the grandfather was on the other side.

The boy was airlifted to University Medical Center in Tucson where he was undergoing treatment.

Associated Press,

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