A baby boy has died after he was shot by his older brother, police say.
The boy, eight-months-old, was shot in the bedroom of an apartment in Houston, Texas, on Friday about 11am.
Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Wendy Baimbridge said the baby boy suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“It looks like it was sadly caused by the three-year-old brother of the infant,” she said.
“It was just one gunshot to the abdomen and unfortunately our little one is deceased.
“This is heartbreaking – obviously any time one of these incidents involves our little one or kills one of our little ones it’s tragic. It’s profoundly sad. It’s one of those case you just don’t want to get.”
She pleaded for people not to let their firearms be accessible to people around the home and to “lock them up”.
“Please pray for this family,” she said.
“This is just a tragic event."
Asst Chief Baimbridge said police don’t know who owns the gun and charges are yet to be laid.
She added about four adults were in the home at the time of the shooting.
Homicide detectives have been called in to investigate.
Boy, 4, shoots sister, 6
Asst Chief Baimbridge said accidental shootings involving children around the home occur often enough that there is a law prohibiting firearms being accessible to children.
In 2019, Millie Drew Kelly, 6, from Georgia in the US, suffered the fatal bullet wound after her little brother, 4, shot her while they sat in a car.
The pair, starting their journey to the boy’s baseball game, were left alone briefly when their mother went to check under the car’s bonnet, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said.
The boy then found the gun inside the car and accidentally fired it at his sister.
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