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Minnesota man accidentally shoots self in buttocks in Boundary Waters area

A man was transported to the Ely Community Hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the buttocks Thursday.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported that it was called to the Angleworm Lake area off the Echo Trail for a man who had accidentally shot himself while camping at about 3 p.m.

A 29-year-old Maplewood man, preparing to take a nap in his tent, went to remove a loaded 9 mm handgun from a holster near the small of his back and accidentally fired off one round into his buttocks, according to the sheriff’s office.

The man was walking toward his vehicle when he was found by two other hikers, who assisted him to the parking area. An ambulance transported the man to the Ely Community Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities did not release the man’s identity.

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