An 8-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his older brother in their Houston apartment on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Police responded around 3 p.m. to a residence in the city’s Bear Creek Crossing apartments, where the 8-year-old victim was allegedly hit by a bullet while his 10-year-old brother was handling a shotgun, KPRC reported.
A 13-year-old brother was also home at the time, but was uninjured and was able to call 911.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the tragedy on Twitterwriting that the 8-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
“These situations are preventable. Children should never have access to guns. Anything can happen,” Gonzalez later told reporters.
“We have spoken in the past about the importance of safe storage, securing weapons and responsible gun ownership. It seems like a tragic situation of what could happen when it doesn’t. Our condolences to the family. They are extremely devastated by what happened here this afternoon.
Although the investigation is ongoing, deputies believe the siblings were home alone at the time of the shooting. The children were not enrolled in school as the family recently moved to Houston.
“As a parent, no one should have to go through this,” neighbor Kendra Davis told KPRC. “It’s horrible that this happens on a daily basis. Something has to be done. It’s out of control.
The incident comes after a South Carolina toddler accidentally shot and killed his mother in September after grabbing an unsecured gun.
A few weeks earlier, a Florida woman was arrested when the 3-year-old girl she was watching grabbed a gun and mistakenly shot a 5-month-old baby.
“While we are extremely grateful that this baby was not fatally injured, it should be a reminder to every parent or guardian to immediately go and check that their weapons are properly secured,” the police chief said at the time. of Tampa, Mary O’Connor.
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