Charleston County sheriff's deputies are investigating a 25-year-old man's report that he accidentally shot himself when he fell out of a deer stand early Tuesday.

The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. near Halfway Creek Road in Huger, according to an incident report.

Authorities located a Mount Pleasant man at the scene who had at least two pellets lodged in his upper arm. He told deputies he received the wound when he fell out of a deer stand while holding a 20-gauge shotgun.

His cousin, a 24-year-old woman, told investigators the wounded man was bleeding from his head when he walked up to her house and asked her for a ride to the hospital. He was later airlifted to a hospital for treatment, deputies said.

Authorities searched the home and the nearby deer stand, but did not locate the shotgun, according to the report.

The incident remains under investigation.