Police investigating shooting of 10-year-old in St. Pete

- St. Petersburg police responded to the shooting of a 10-year-old boy Monday morning. 

According to police, the shooting occurred at about 10:35 a.m. in the 2300 block of 17th Avenue South. The boy was at a neighbor's house with four other kids ranging in age between 9 and 17. 

Police say the 17-year-old was supposed to be watching the younger kids. But somehow, one of them got a hold of a firearm in the home and shots were fired by an 11-year-old boy.

The victim suffered serious upper-body injuries and was transported to the hospital. He is now alert, oriented and stable, according to police. 

The 17-year-old, identified as Marquis Strickland, was charged with aggravated child abuse.

"This is our opportunity as a police department to stress to people to be responsible gun owners and to secure those weapons away from children," said Major Shannon Halstead.

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