An 8-year-old boy in Massachusetts has been charged with shooting an 11-year-old friend in the head with a pellet gun, police said.

Brockton police Lt. Tom LaFratta told The Enterprise newspaper that the younger boy, whose name was not released because of his age, will be summonsed to juvenile court to face charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a pellet gun.

Police said the gun belonged to the younger boy's father. The boy shot the older boy in the back of the head as they played last Thursday.

The older boy's family say he was taken to a hospital where doctors removed pellet fragments from his scalp and closed the wound with nine staples.

The younger boy's father sent a written apology to the older boy's family.

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