Authorities say a 13-year-old boy and his 8-year-old cousin were home alone. The teen had learned the combination to a safe, opened it and removed a .22-caliber rifle.
The sheriff's office says the teen loaded and unloaded the rifle several times. At one point, he discharged the rifle, thinking it was not loaded. But there was one round in the rifle, which discharged and struck the 8-year-old just below the left nostril.