12-year-old Kansas boy critically hurt in accidental shooting

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PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. (KAKE) -

Authorities say a 12-year-old boy in northern Kansas suffered critical injuries when he accidentally shot himself. 

The Phillips County Sheriff's Office says dispatchers received a call Tuesday morning from the boy who'd shot himself and needed help. He was panicked and couldn't tell the dispatcher his address. 

After a 911 mapping system gave an incorrect address, the sheriff's office said the correct location was identified. The boy was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. 

An air ambulance was unable to respond due to the weather. 

"With school being out and many responsible children being left home alone, we encourage parents to first, secure firearms in your home and second, encourage your kids to stay calm in emergencies so they can properly communicate with us should they need to call for help," the sheriff's office said on Facebook. 

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