A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back by his 12-year-old brother on Christmas Day, police say. (Photo: WPXI.com)

17-year-old boy shot in back by 12-year-old brother Christmas Day, police say

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The younger boy was holding a .22-caliber rifle when it discharged, striking his brother in the back, said Northern Regional Police Chief Bob Amann.

He did not say whether police believe the shooting was intentional or not.

The older boy was conscious and responsive when medics arrived. He was taken from the home to a hospital, Amann said. His condition was not immediately released.

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