3-year-old dies after accidentally shooting himself

HOUSTON -- A 3-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head in northwest Harris County Friday afternoon.

It happened just after 12:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of Betanna, according to the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office.

The child was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight, but doctors couldn't save him.

Investigators say the boy found the gun in a purse up on a shelf.

"I'm thinking how horrible it is for a child that young to have access to a gun," said Sonora Storm, a neighbor. "You don't want to blame the parents, by any means, but if I had a 3 year old child in the house, there wouldn't be a gun."

There's no word on whether any charges will be filed in the case.

CPS said it's investigating the case, though an official has not yet spoken to the family. Estella Olguin with CPS said they're aware that a 1-year-old and 7-year-old also live in the home.


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