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Bena, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Sheriff in northwestern Meinnesota's Cass County today reported a tragic accidental shooting.

A News Release issued by Sheriff Tom Burch says deputies were called to a home in Bena just before 4 o'clock this morning and were told a three-year-old girl had been shot. Family members were rushing the child to a hospital in nearby Deer River when they were intercepted by an ambulance crew, who attempted live-saving measures before the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. Bena is located about halfway between Bemidji and Grand Rapids on Lake Winnibigoshish.

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Investigators determined she had been accidentally shot by a 5-year-old boy. His name and the name of the deceased child have not been released.

Sheriff Burch says an autopsy was ordered and the deadly incident remains under investigation.

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