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Illinois Sheriff: 4-Year-Old Shot, Injured Man

MENDON, Ill. (AP) -- A western Illinois sheriff says a 4-year-old child fired a gunshot that wounded a man in the arm.

Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar says the shooting happened Monday night in the village of Mendon. He says the man had put his handgun in a vehicle when the child ran up and fired the shot.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound.

VonderHaar calls the shooting a freak accident. He says the department isn't seeking criminal charges but forwarded information about the shooting to the state's attorney's office for review.

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