STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A 15-year-old Centre County boy was accidentally shot in the head after he and his friend found a pistol while they were dog-sitting, authorities said.
The teenager was undergoing treatment late Friday at Hershey Medical Center, where he was taken by helicopter from Mount Nittany Medical Center, according to police. Information on his condition was not immediately released.
Police responded around 2:20 p.m. Friday to the home where the youth and another 15-year-old boy were caring for some dogs whose owners were away, authorities said.
"At some point during their visit, the boys found a pistol inside a bedroom at the house," police wrote in a statement. The .25-caliber, semi-automatic pistol unexpectedly discharged while the boys were handling it, police said.
Andrew Porter, who lives at the home, said he had been in Philadelphia on Friday and got a phone call about the incident.
Porter said his grandfather bought the pistol in 1938 and that it's been in the house since 1964.
"Obviously, the first prayers and thoughts need to be for the victim," he said. "His health and safety and his family's well-being is the most important thing at this point."