BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards Township police said on Tuesday they are still investigating the circumstances under which an elderly victim, home alone, was shot in the abdomen with birdshot on Monday afternoon.

According to the police report, police and medical personnel were dispatched to the area of Milito Way for  a report of a victim who had been shot at 12:10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16.

An elderly victim was found outdoors with an abdominal wound caused by birdshot, and was transported to the hospital via medivac helicopter, township police said.

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Investigation underway into how weapon discharged, shooting not considered suspicious, police say

The wound appeared to be self inflicted and occurred when the victim was alone, police said. Police said they are still investigating the incident to determine what caused the weapon to discharge.

The incident is not being considered suspicious at this time, police said on Tuesday. At that time, the victim was still hospitalized, with no further information available about condition.