A 9-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the face Wednesday night in Livingston, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.
Deputies described the shooting as "accidental." Capt. B.J. Jones told the Sun-Star a round of bird shot struck the child on the right side of his face, close to his eye. Investigators do not believe the child suffered a "direct hit," but stopped short of calling the it a grazing wound. He called the wound "serious."
The child was flown to a Sacramento hospital. An update on his condition was not immediately available.
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