Toddler shoots four-year-old brother with father's gun in Texas

Police investigating how child managed to get hold of firearm

Chiara Giordano
Thursday 28 March 2019 13:38 GMT
File image of child holding handgun.
File image of child holding handgun. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A three-year-old boy shot his four-year-old brother with his father's gun, police in the Texan city of Dallas said.

The elder sibling was hit in the abdomen in the early hours of Wednesday morning, investigations said.

They added that boys’ mother called emergency services as his father tried to drive the two boys to the hospital himself.

He was stopped just a short distance away from his home and an ambulance took the child to Children’s Medical Centre Dallas, where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Police are now investigating how the toddler managed to get hold of the handgun. The make and model is unknown.

Child abuse investigators later discovered the father had recently bought the gun used in the shooting, the NBC Dallas-Fort Worth news channel reported.

He could face charges for injury to a child and making a firearm accessible to a child.

According to the Gun Violence Archive - a not for profit corporation that provides free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence - more than 120 children under the age of 11 have been killed or injured by a gun in the US since the start of the year.

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