Texas Teen Charged With Tampering With Evidence After Allegedly Fatally Shooting His Brother Through Bathroom Door at Friend's House

A teenager was arrested in Texas Wednesday after he fatally shot his brother though a bathroom door while visiting a friend's house, according to police.

Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office were dispatched at roughly 6:30 p.m. local time to a residence on Rayford Road in Spring after receiving a report about a shooting. After arriving at the scene, officers determined that the two brothers were at a friend's home visiting.

The sheriff's office described its initial findings in a statement released Thursday.

"One brother was handling a firearm while his brother was in the restroom. While handling the firearm, it discharged through the bathroom door striking the other brother in the torso," the statement reads.

The 17-year-old male victim was rushed to the Woodlands Medical Center in critical condition. In a later update, the department confirmed the victim had died.

"We are saddened to announce that the 17-year-old brother has died as a result of the shooting," authorities said via an official Twitter account.

The victim's brother has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, but the sheriff's office said more charges could be forthcoming.

No names or personal information about the brothers or the homeowner have been released. It was not immediately clear who owned the weapon.

The sheriff's office detectives are working alongside the district attorney's office on the case.

We are saddened to announce that the 17 year old brother has died as a result of the shooting. The victims 17 year old brother was arrested for tampering with evidence but the investigation is still active and additional charges could be forthcoming. No names will be released. https://t.co/Kc5eHgjhpC

— MCTXSheriff (@MCTXSheriff) September 26, 2019

In July this year, a 15-year-old boy died in Spring after reportedly being shot while playing with a firearm at his friend's apartment. A 17-year-old boy was later charged with manslaughter. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the shooter claimed he was not aware there was a bullet inside the weapon at the time. The victim passed away after being rushed to hospital.

The mother of the victim later spoke to ABC11 about the shooter. "He loved his friend," she said. "People make bad mistakes and bad choices all the time. He's a kid, and I forgive him and I love him because he reached out to me."

In the same Texas town, a 16-year-old boy was mistakenly killed in March by his cousin, also 16, ABC13 reported. The pair were reportedly playing with a gun at the time of the incident.

Family members said the boy who fired the gun was traumatized by the incident. "He just found out that his cousin passed away, and he said he did not try to do it, and it is bad enough that he has to live with that, that he just accidentally shot his cousin," said relative Tonya Jackson.

Both teenagers were enrolled at the Klein Oak High School, local media reported.

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