Police said a 5-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot inside a Houston home by an 8-year-old family friend.
Following the shooting Saturday afternoon in the Trinity/Houston Gardens neighborhood of east Houston, three people were detained for questioning, according to police.
Commander Jonathan Halliday of the Houston Police Department said at least one adult was present when the shooting occurred. Halliday said it was not immediately clear how the older boy got his hands on the gun.
Police officers went to the home around 12:30 p.m. Saturday after someone at the residence reported a shooting had just occurred there, Halliday said during a news conference.
“When they arrived, they learned that a 5-year-old had been shot one time reportedly by an 8-year-old,” Halliday said.
The injured child was taken to Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in Houston by his father before officers arrived, according to Halliday. According to Halliday, the boy was later flown by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
The shooting is being investigated by the police department’s major assaults unit, according to Halliday. He stated that no one had been arrested.
“We know one adult was inside the house, but we don’t know how many people were there,” Halliday said.
He stated that one of the children involved in the shooting was visiting his home at the time of the incident, adding, “they’re all family friends.”
He stated that the older boy who allegedly fired the gun suffered a laceration to his head as a result of the shooting, but it was unclear how he was injured.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred just over a month after an 8-year-old boy in a Houston suburb was accidentally shot and killed by his 10-year-old brother. According to authorities, the older boy was playing with a shotgun when it went off inside their apartment, killing the younger child in the torso.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, at least 299 children aged 11 and under have been killed in shootings this year, with an additional 648 injured.