Newark authorities have filed aggravated assault and weapons charges against a teenager accused of accidentally shooting his friend in the face.

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City Police Director Samuel DeMaio tells The Star-Ledger that the shooting apparently occurred Sunday night while a group of teens were apparently playing with the weapon in a bedroom.

The suspect accidentally fired the gun in the direction of a 15-year-old Elizabeth boy, who was hit in the mouth. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Authorities announced the charges Monday. But they did not release the name of either teen due to their ages.

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