Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- First responders transported a Rochester area man to a hospital after he accidently shot himself Tuesday evening. 

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Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office Captain James Schueller says a deputy responded to the reported self-inflicted gunshot wound at a residence in the 5,000 block of 80th Ave. Southwest in Salem Township around 9:15 p.m. The deputy reported finding a 70-year-old man sitting in the dining room of the home with a through-and-through gunshot wound above his left knee. 

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Schueller said the man stated the firearm discharged after he began cleaning it. He had thought the 9mm handgun was unloaded. 

The deputy, Byron First Responders and Mayo Clinic Ambulance treated the man who was able to talk with first responders. Schueller said nothing at the scene indicated the shooting had occurred under suspicious circumstances. His name has not been released.

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