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9-year-old shot in St. Louis County

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Updated 5:45 p.m.

Police in St. Louis County are investigating the shooting of a 9-year-old boy by his 10-year-old brother as an apparent accident.

KMOV-TV reports the younger boy was in stable condition at a hospital Monday afternoon, several hours after the shooting. Authorities said the boy was conscious and breathing when emergency personnel arrived at the home in Jennings.

A family member said the boys found a loaded gun while adults in the home were out running an errand. The relative says the 10-year-old accidentally shot the 9-year-old in the back, then put him in a bathtub to try to clean up the blood.

The adults returned home and quickly called 911.