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Boy hurt after gun discharges at show-and-tell

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- An off-duty female police officer conducting a show-and-tell demonstration at a north Philadelphia school accidentally discharged her weapon Wednesday, wounding a 10-year-old boy, police said.

The bullet grazed the youngster's face and he was taken to Temple Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, said Officer Carmen Torres, a police spokeswoman. The boy was in good condition Wednesday afternoon, Torres said.

The Philadelphia Police Department officer, whose name was not immediately released, was at the Imani Education Circle Charter School doing a demonstration for her son's class, police said. The weapon discharged around 2:45 p.m. ET.

Torres said it is "not normal" for an officer to have a loaded weapon during a school demonstration. The female officer joined the police department in July 1996, Torres said.

The investigation was in its preliminary stages, she said, stressing that police "don't have all of the information about the discharge." An investigation is launched "any time an officer discharges a weapon," Torres said.

It was not immediately know if the weapon was the officer's police-issued revolver.

Officials at the school, which houses kindergarten through eighth graders, had no immediate comment on the incident.


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