Oakdale girl, 9, accidentally shot by 5-year-old brother

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A 9-year-old girl from Oakdale is recovering in Regions Hospital after being accidentally shot by her 5-year-old brother, The Associated Press reports.

Authorities say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Friday in the 1800 block of Helena Road North in Oakdale when the boy got a hold of a rifle and shot the girl in the chest.

Police officials say the girl was alert and talking when authorities arrived at the scene and that the injury is non-life-threatening.

The Star Tribune reports the weapon was a .22 rifle.

Oakdale police urge gun owners to store weapons properly and to supervise children when handling firearms.

Police spokeswoman Michelle Spark explained to the Star Tribune that the child had accessibility to the weapon.

"It sounds like there was some repair work, or work being done on weapons or items related to the weapons, giving access to the five-year-old," Stark told the paper.

Stark confirmed that adults were in the house, but did not indicate if one of them was the girl's father. There were three other children in the house at the time of the shooting.

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