A Texas boy who shot himself in the face during an unsupervised hunting trip is recovering at a Houston hospital.
The boy was with his 11-year-old brother last Friday near their home in Harris County when he shot himself in the chin with a shotgun, according to KHOU.
The older brother said he had laid down the shotgun while they were out hunting and his younger brother went back to retrieve it. He said he heard a gun blast and then found his younger brother shot in the chin.
With no time to spare, the older brother put his wounded brother in the backseat of a car and drove to a neighbor’s house for help.
“I was sitting on the porch, car comes flying in here,” said the boys’ neighbor, identified only as Mr. Fred. “That was a strong little boy,” he added. “I kept telling everybody don’t get his heart beating, just keep it calm.”
Another neighbor, known only as Ms. Beth, applied pressure to the boy’s wounds, while paramedics rushed to the scene.
The boy was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he was treated for his gun shot wounds. The boy was listed in critical but stable condition, as of Friday evening.
This video from KHOU has more from the story.
There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding the incident. For one, how did a 5-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother get access to a shotgun with no adult supervision? The boys’ father was reportedly at work and the mother said she was out shopping. And, how did they get access to a car? Police are still investigating the case.
“It was just an accident, an accident that should have never happened,” Beth, the boys’ neighbor, said.
This story comes on the heels of a similar incident last week at a Nevada shooting range, where a nine-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor while learning how to shoot an uzi.
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