FAIRBANKS — A 9-year-old Delta Junction boy was in stable condition Thursday after his older brother unintentionally shot him with a rife a day earlier, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The incident involving a .22-caliber rifle happened Wednesday afternoon inside a residence. The other boy is 15.

“The 15-year-old was handling the firearm and it was unintentionally discharged,” troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an e-mail.

The older boy immediately called for help, Peters said. The incident was reported at about 4:30 p.m.

The 9-year-old boy was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital by ground transportation, Peters said. Injuries are reportedly not -life-threatening.

Peters said no adults were inside the residence at the time of the incident.

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