Published: Aug 08, 2011 8:13 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - An elderly Florida man is jailed on charges that he shot and wounded a 12-year-old boy who was part of a group the man claims was harassing him.
    
Fort Lauderdale police say 79-year-old James McIvery told them he was trying to scare the youths away Sunday by firing two shot from a handgun towards the ground.
    
One of the rounds hit the boy in the abdomen. Police say the boy is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a local hospital.
    
McIvery is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm. Court records Monday did not list an attorney for him and he has not yet entered a plea.
    
Jail records show McIvery is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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