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Deputies: 11-year-old boy accidentally shot himself in Sarasota

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office said the boy suffered serious injuries.
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SARASOTA, Fla. — The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating after deputies say an 11-year-old shot himself.

Our partners at WWSB report the boy had possession of a gun and shot himself, suffering serious injuries. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital via Bayflite.

Deputies say two boys, ages 11 and 12, were playing at a home when they found a gun. At one point, the gun accidentally discharged and a bullet hit the 11-year-old's cheek.

The sheriff's office said the boy has not yet been released from the hospital but is expected to be OK.

Detectives are still trying to figure out who the gun belongs to. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900.

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