Baby police say was shot, killed by 3-year-old brother identified

An 8-month-old is dead after being shot by a 3-year-old, deputies say
An 8-month-old is dead after being shot by a 3-year-old, deputies say

HOUSTON – An 8-month-old child was shot and killed Friday morning in northwest Houston.

According to police, the boy was shot by his 3-year-old brother, who police believe got hold of a loaded gun that had been left out.

The Houston Police Department said the shooting happened at the Waterford Grove apartment complex in the 3100 block of Crestdale Drive near Kempwood.

Police said the child, later identified as Royal Gordon, suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Police said that four adults were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, yet none of them called 911.

Instead, two adults drove Royal to Memorial Hermann Hospital Memorial City where he was pronounced dead.

Police could not find the gun for a few hours, but it was found Friday afternoon inside the car used to take the child to the hospital.

No charges have been filed, but the case is being given to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

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