STAUNTON -- A juvenile was airlifted to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Monday following an accidental shooting.
According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, at approximately 11:53 a.m., officials with the department were dispatched to a residence south of Staunton in reference to the shooting.
When deputies arrived, they discovered a female juvenile had been shot in the leg.
"It was nothing criminal," Heaton told The Brazil Times.
Heaton said the girl, 9, was accidentally shot in the leg upper leg by her brother, 8.
Heaton added the two were 3-4 feet apart when the shooting took place.
According to officials, the boy said his father had acquired a new revolver and the boy believed it to be unloaded.
The boy also said he believed the weapon had rubber bullets in it.
The boy told officials he pulled the trigger, discharging the weapon and shooting the girl in the leg.
"It was a newly acquired gun," Heaton said. "The young man was looking at it and didn't think it was loaded. Then the gun went off."
According to officials, the handgun was a small caliber revolver.
Heaton said the incident took place inside the residence. While the parents of the children were not at home when the shooting took place -- as both were working at the time -- an older sibling was watching the two juveniles.
The girl was taken via TransCare to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and later airlifted to Methodist Hospital.
"I know she was alert and conscious at the hospital and at the scene," Heaton said. "She was talking to the ambulance crew and the deputies at the scene."
The girls' condition is not known at this time.
The case, according to officials, is still under investigation.
Additional responders included the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department.