Shooting that injured 11-year-old ruled accidental

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Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) - Aiken County investigators say a 19-year-old man accidentally shot his 11-year-old brother in the face.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office ruled the shooting that happened on Nautilus Street on Oct. 27 as accidental.

Investigators say the brothers were playing with a handgun when the accident happened. A witness and both brothers told investigators they got the gun from a lock box. The 19-year-old says he removed the magazine from the gun but did not take the bullet out of the chamber.

Deputies say the 19-year-old pointed the gun and pulled the trigger, hitting the 11-year-old in the right side of his face. They say the older brother immediately called 911. The victim was taken to an area hospital.

Investigators say the 19-year-old was negligent, but there was no criminal intent.