Boy, 10, Shot by Friend Remains in Critical Condition in The Hospital

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - A 10-year-old boy remains in critical condition in a north Florida hospital after being shot in the head.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office reports that the boy was shot early Sunday morning by a 14-year-old friend. The two were playin with a pistol at the victim's home in Palatka when a shot was fired.

Officials say it appears to have been an accident. An investigation continues.

The gun belonged to the victim's parents. It's not clear how the boys got a hold of it. The parents were not home at the time of the shooting.

The boy's name is not being released because of his age.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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