A shooting in Northwest Houston apartment claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed on Sunday morning inside his family's house.
Information released by investigators indicates that the boy stumbled upon a 9 mm pistol in a bedroom. "It appears the 6-year-old got up and went into a room and found a firearm and discharged it," said HPD Homicide Sgt. Anthony Turner.
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Unfortunately, during the time of the incident, the child’s mother was not at home at the time, but her 18-year-old daughter was looking after the children in the morning. Apart from the boy, the other victims include his 6-year-old twin sister and a 14-year-old sibling who were in the house.
The boy was rushed to the hospital only to be announced dead. The 20-year-old sister told police that she had the gun because of crime in the area.
"She said there had been burglaries and she had the gun for protection," Turner said. "We're still in the early stages of the investigation about where the gun was located but it appears it was accessible to the child."
This is the second death in as many days of a child who played with an unsecured weapon. A similar incident happened on Saturday when a 4-year-old Texas City boy was killed when he found a loaded handgun at his family's home.
According to the police, the incidents are reminders that people ought to lock their weapons in safes so that children cannot access them. Turner also warned that complacency was another danger. "Maybe you put it in a drawer or somewhere else you don't think the kids are going to go through. Unfortunately, they find it and you wind up with situations such as this."