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Investigators find rifle was hidden from view

An ongoing investigation into the cause of an accidental shooting Sunday morning in Deer Creek has revealed the .22 caliber rifle used had been hidden from view.

At 7:34 a.m. the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s office received a report that a five-year-old boy had accidentally shot his three-year-old sister in the stomach. The girl was transported to Tri-County Health Care in Wadena and then airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

The girl’s condition is being reported as stable.

Joining the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office in responding to the call were the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Deer Creek Rescue and the Tri-County Ambulance.

The investigation is being conducted jointly by the OTC Sheriff’s Office and the OTC Human Services Office.