NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk detectives have charged a 13-year-old boy who was involved in a "preventable incident" that injured his friend over the weekend. 

The charged against the boy stem from a shooting involving the two boys playing with a loaded gun. Police said the incident took place Saturday morning around 3:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of Pelham Street. 

After investigating, police learned the boys were playing with the gun when the gun fired, hitting one of them causing non-life threatening injuries.

The 13-year-old was charged with possession of a firearm by a juvenile and reckless handling of a gun. He is currently being held in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives are still investigating to learn how the boys were able to get a gun.

“I am thankful this young boy is going to survive,” said Chief Boone, “however, I would be remiss if I didn’t stress the importance of questioning how these young boys were able to get their hands on a gun.

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