A 10-year-old boyis in an Edmonton hospital with serious injuries after being accidentally shot by another child.

Bashaw RCMP say the child was shot Thursday in a house near Donalda, southeast of Edmonton.

They say the child and several others were playing when one of them found a loaded .22-calibre rifle, "used for dispatching farm animals and predators," the RCMP said in a release.

One of the children is believed to have fired the gun, hitting the 10-year-old, whowas flown by air ambulance to anEdmonton hospital.

Corp. Wayne Oakes said police are still investigating and wasn't able to say the ages of the other children involved.

"Everyone is reminded of the need for safe firearm handling and storage practices. Even in the hands of experts, a firearm can produce deadly consequences," Oakes said.