ABINGTON, Mass. — Authorities say a handgun used by an 11-year-old boy to shoot another boy in the face at a Massachusetts home was legally registered, and police are investigating whether the weapon was properly secured.

The shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at a home in Abington, about 20 miles southeast of Boston. Police believe it was an accident. The victim, who is also 11, remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz and Abington Police Chief David Majenski announced Thursday that the gun was registered and that police are trying to determine how the boys accessed the gun and whether it was secured as required by law. Police haven’t disclosed whether any adults were in the home at the time.

The boys’ names have not been released.

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