Texas Boy, 4, Killed by Brother and Three Others Injured During Spate of Separate Child Shootings in Tarrant County

A 4-year-old boy has died after allegedly being shot by his brother at their home in Texas during one of multiple shootings involving children which occurred in Tarrant County in the same day.

The Fort Worth Police Department said they were called to an address at the 7700 block of Greengage Drive at around 11:45 a.m. on September 15.

Officers then found the 4-year-old, identified as Truth Albrighton, suffering from a gunshot wound.

The boy was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Police were told that the child was shot by a "juvenile sibling," reports Fox News 4. The age of the sibling is not known and it is not clear if the shooting was accidental or intentional.

Later that day, a 6-year-old boy was seriously injured in Arlington after he was shot in the head by his older brother.

As reported by The Dallas-Morning News, a group of children were playing in a room at an address in the 1400 block of Cloyne Drive, near Mansfield Webb when the elder sibling, aged around 10 or 11 years old, found a .22-caliber rifle and fired at the boy.

It is not clear if the elder child, who is believed to have learning disabilities, meant to injure the 6-year-old.

The boy was taken to the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center before being flown to Cook Children's Medical Center, where he remains in a serious condition.

Speaking at a press conference, Arlington Police Lieutenant Christopher Cook said: "Gun violence really has no place in our society. And so I think we're all wrestling with the fact on how to deal with it. But when you hear stories like this, it just shocks your conscience, how can a child access these types of firearms?" (via Fox News 4).

Another child, believed to be the victim's 6 or 7-year-old sister, was also injured after being hit by shrapnel.

According to The Dallas-Morning News, another teenager told police that the rifle was his and that the parents of the siblings were not aware it was in their home at the time.

A criminal investigation has been launched to determine how the children were able to access the gun.

No arrests have been made regarding either of the shootings in Tarrant County.

Elsewhere, an 8-year-old girl was also injured in Arlington on September 15 after she was shot in the buttocks in what police are investigating as an accident.

The girl was injured after she allegedly sat on the firearm, reported to be an Uzi or MAC-10 equivalent, around midday at an address in the 3800 block of Mahonia Court, near Park Springs Boulevard and West Sublett Road.

The gun had reportedly been stolen, police said.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 499 cases of children under the age of 11 being killed or injured so far this year in the U.S. There have also been 2,184 teens aged 12 to 17 who have been reported killed or injured by a firearm in 2019, according to figures.

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File photo of police tape. Several children have been shot in multiple incidents in the same Texas county. Stephen Maturen/Getty