Fort Lauderdale police say a 79-year-old man shot a 12-year-old kid in the abdomen last night because the kid and his buddies were harassing the man all day.
James McIvery told the cops that a few youngsters had knocked on his door at an apartment in the 700 block of NW 12th Terrace multiple times and that he told the kids to leave him alone.
Police say at one point, McIvery came out of his apartment with a small revolver and fired two shots at the ground -- one of which struck the 12-year-old kid.
McIvery told detectives he fired the gun off to scare the kids and didn't intend to actually shoot any of them.
The kid was taken to Broward General Medical Center for emergency surgery, and police say he is now in stable condition.
McIvery was arrested by Fort Lauderdale cops without incident.
McIvery has been charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and is being held at the Broward County jail on $10,000 bond.
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The cops ask that anyone with information about the shooting call Det. Wood at 954-828-5344.