Boy, 6, accidentally shot by 5-year-old brother near Houston, police say

HOUSTON -- A child was shot in east Harris County today, according to the sheriff's office, in what may be the third accidental shooting in just the last few days.

Today's shooting happened in the 16800 block of Faring near Garden Tree in the Sheldon area. According to the sheriff's office, the 6-year-old boy was shot by his 5-year-old brother in the lower abdomen with a handgun.

The child was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical but stable condition. We're told he's conscious and breathing.

At the time of the shooting, the mother of the victim was in the home, as were four other children. Deputies say they did recover other weapons in a closet at the home. Those weapons were taken by deputies for "the safety of everyone in the house."

At this point, no charges have been filed in the case.

We're gathering more details and will have the latest on Eyewitness News and abc13.com.

In the wake of yet another child being shot in our area, the Harris County Sheriff's Office wants you to know the following.

    If you are going to keep a firearm in your home it should ALWAYS be stored in a locked safe, gun vault, or storage case AND out of the reach of children. In addition to storing your firearm in a locked location, use gun locks for added safety.

    Ammunition should also be stored in a locked location separate from the firearm.

    Just as important is talking to your children about gun safety. Teach them the following rules:

  • If you find a gun in your house, or anywhere else, STOP!


  • Do not touch it or allow anyone else to.


  • Leave the area where the gun is.


  • Immediately tell an adult.


  • Even if a gun looks like a toy, don't touch it. Some real guns look like toy guns, so don't take a chance. Leave the area and immediately tell an adult.


  • If you choose to keep a firearm for home security, please make it so the firearm is readily available to you, yet inaccessible or inoperative to others. Consider special lockable cases that can be quickly opened only by authorized individuals.

    In Texas a person commits an offense if a child under 17 gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence failed to secure it or left it in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.

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