AUBURN, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire wildlife officials say a 10-year-old boy deer hunting from a ground blind has accidentally shot a 48-year-old man sitting next to him.

The Fish and Game Department says the accidental shooting happened Saturday morning in the woods in Auburn, in southeastern New Hampshire.

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Conservation Officer Geoffrey Pushee says 48-year-old Manchester resident Mark Maniscalchi was sitting with two young boys when one carrying a .22-caliber handgun inadvertently fired. The shot hit Maniscalchi in the forearm near his elbow.

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Maniscalchi drove himself to the hospital for treatment and was released the same day.

Authorities are investigating.

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