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An 8-year-old Amish boy suffered a gunshot wound to the chest this morning in Leon when one of his brothers accidentally shot a .22-caliber gun at him while they were playing, according to Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Buchhardt.

The child, who is in stable condition, was rushed by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk and is expected to be transferred to either Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo or to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., Buchhardt said.

“Four brothers were playing in their house and one of them picked up a loaded .22-caliber gun and shot his brother in the chest,” the captain said. “Detectives are doing interviews with the boys, but it appears to be accidental.”

He said he did not know, at this point, if the gun involved was a rifle or handgun. The shooting occurred about 8:30 a.m. Leon is situated in the western central end of Cattaraugus County.

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