HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A 3-year-old boy has died after he accidentally shot himself in the head inside his family's house, deputy constables said.
The shooting happened shortly before 1 p.m. Friday in the 7400 block of Betanna Drive.
Deputies said the boy was able to get a gun and then shoot himself in the head.
Residents who live in the Hearthstone subdivision in northwest Harris County don't normally see crime scene tape blocking off an entire block, but that's what happened Friday afternoon immediately after the shooting.
"I think it's horrible. I think it's horrible when any child gets shot," neighbor Kristine Longwood said.
Longwood heard the medical chopper landing to rush the little boy to the hospital in critical condition. LifeFlight took the child to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died hours later.
"There are no words to describe a child being hurt in this manner," said Sonora Storm, who lives in the neighborhood. "Prayers to the family and friends."
Investigators said the boy's mother was home with her two sons when the shooting happened. They said it appears that it was a tragic accident.
Neighbors said the boy's family had recently moved in. Friday night people placed stuffed animals and candles in front of their house.
Once an investigation is complete, a grand jury will most likely decide if the boy's parents will face any charges.