Boy, 4, Accidentally Shoots Himself, Toddler With Handgun: Police

Two children in Texas have been taken to hospital after a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot himself and a toddler, aged 2, according to law enforcement.

Chief deputy Scotty Duncan, of Jasper Country Sheriff's Department, said the shooting happened in Cougar Country, between Buna and Kirbyville, on Sunday morning.

Duncan told local radio station KJAS that the 4-year-old managed to get hold of a handgun, from which he fired a shot from that passed through his own arm and struck a 2-year-old boy.

Duncan said that one child was taken to hospital via medical helicopter, while the other was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

He added that the injuries were serious but not considered life-threatening.

An investigation is now underway to determine how the 4-year-old to get the handgun.

Newsweek has contacted the Jasper Country Sheriff's Department for comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., dozens of children in Texas have been killed or injured by firearm discharge in 2021.

In the 70 incidents where a child aged 0-11 was shot in Texas 104 were injured and 15 were killed.

Of those incidents, 30 were injured as a result of a firearm being discharged by accident, according to the archive.

In April, a 9-year-old boy in Texas fatally shot an 11-year-old boy with a gun he found inside a car that was in a Walmart Parking lot.

The incident shooting while the two children were left alone in a vehicle while a 32-year-old woman, who was watching them, went to go shopping nearby.

In May, a 1-year-old boy managed to survive after he was accidentally shot by police after an armed suspect jumped into the car with the baby in the backseat.

Officers believed the man intended to steal the woman's car and that he had a gun. An officer opened fire, killing the man and accidentally hitting the baby.

Houston Police Department executive assistant chief Troy Finner said at the time: "The most important thing right here, for our entire city, pray for this 1-year-old and that mother."

In June, a 9-year-old boy was shot in the chest by a family member following an alleged road rage incident.

The man reportedly believed he was being followed by another car and pulled out a gun, Houston police told local TV station KTRK.

But the weapon discharged, police said, as the man attempted to holster it. The shot struck the boy in the chest.

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