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8-year-old boy accidentally killed by brother playing with shotgun


An 8-year-old boy was killed after his brother accidentally shot him with a shotgun while he was playing with it in the family home, police say.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. at Bear Creek Apartments about 20 miles west of downtown Houston, Texas, when the 8-year-old boy – who was home alone with his siblings 10 and 13 – was hit in the chest by a bullet that was discharged from a shotgun in the only bedroom of their home, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

“A child was playing with a shotgun when it discharged and struck his brother,” Gonzalez said in a statement released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “The child was pronounced dead at the scene. A teenage brother was also in the apartment at the time but was not injured.

It’s currently unclear if the shotgun was already loaded or if it was loaded while the kids were playing with it.

An 8-year-old boy was killed after his brother accidentally shot him with a shotgun while he was playing with it at the family home of Bear Creek Apartments about 20 miles west of downtown Houston , Texas on Monday, October 24, 2022 .

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“We know the family is extremely devastated by what happened here this afternoon,” Gonzalez told a news conference as he spoke to the media regarding the incident. “I still have a hard time even saying it’s accidental because [incidents like] these are truly preventable…if [a gun] going to be home, especially if the kids are going to stay home, he must be home safe or not.

The family reportedly recently moved to the Houston area from Venezuela just a few months ago and they were in the process of enrolling their children in new schools, according to ABC News’ Houston station KTRK.

The children’s parents could potentially face charges in this case depending on the outcome of the investigation.

“We always encourage responsible gun ownership and safe storage,” Gonzalez said.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the 8-year-old boy is ongoing.

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