Boy, 5, accidentally shoots brother, 7, in northeast Houston

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by KHOU.com staff

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM

HOUSTON -- A seven-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the back by his younger brother in northeast Houston on Tuesday evening.

Officials said they were called to a house in the 5600 block of Lyons around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said after the mother had given her five- and seven-year-old sons a bath, and they started to play. That’s when the five-year-old found a .22-caliber rifle and accidentally shot his brother.

Officials said the bullet went straight through the boy’s back. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was expected to be OK.

Police said the gun appeared to look old, almost as if it did not work. Officers are now investigating whether it was properly secured.

No charges have been filed in the case.

As of Wednesday morning, the injured boy was still in the hospital in stable condition.

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