Texas Teenager Fatally Wounded in Car May Have Accidentally Shot Himself, Police Say

A 17-year-old has died after a gun went off inside a vehicle in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday night.

The teenager, identified as Deyvi Coreas, was in the backseat of a car when the gun fired, according to Arlington police.

Coreas was with two other people at about 7 p.m. Saturday in the 6300 block of Brownlee Drive near his home when police responded to a shooting call, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.

He was found with a gunshot wound to his head and taken to hospital where he died about one hour later.

According to a report released by the Tarrant County medical examiner and as seen by Newsweek, the teen's death is currently listed as pending.

Arlington police believe the 17-year-old may have accidentally shot himself while handling the gun inside of the car.

The other two passengers, who have not been identified but were also sitting in the backseat of the vehicle, are cooperating with investigators, police said. The case remains under investigation as detectives are yet to determine what caused the gun to go off.

Newsweek has reached out to the Arlington Police Department for comment.

Earlier this month, Newsweek reported how a two-year-old girl is thought to have accidentally shot herself in Mississippi.

Officers responded to a call on Line Street in Senatobia, about 40 miles south of Memphis, at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 2.

Senatobia Assistant Chief of Police Matt Defore said that preliminary evidence suggested the shooting had occurred as a result of "an accidental discharge."

Her father, Mardarikkious Walls, 21, was charged with one count of contributing to the neglect of a child.

Last month, a 9-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head after he found a gun in the bedroom of his Chicago home.

Officers scrambled to the child's North Austin home, where they found Ashton Lipscomb lying motionless and bleeding from a head wound. The boy was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Three guns were found in a second-floor bedroom, the Chicago Tribune reported.

One of the weapons, a revolver, had a spent shell casing in the cylinder. It is understood the father told police he was collecting his wife from hospital when the shooting occurred.

It is unclear if any adult was watching the children at the time of the shooting.

In September, a toddler accidentally shot his 12-year-old cousin after finding a gun.

The 2-year-old boy, who has not been named, was playing at a house in Alabama, when the incident occurred on September 23.

The little boy is understood to have come across the gun on a bed, picked it up and pulled the trigger.

The 12-year-old's mother told investigators that the gun belonged to her 19-year-old son and her two-year-old nephew had found it on the bed. Police said the shooting was accidental.

Hundreds of American children gain access to firearms and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else every year, according to campaign group Everytown for Gun Safety. Every year, nearly 350 children under the age of 18 unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else, the organization reports.

There have been at least 246 unintentional shootings by children in 2020, resulting in 103 deaths and 150 injuries, according to the group's #NotAnAccident index, which tracks such shootings. In more than half of those incidents, the shooter was a child aged five or under.

The group says research shows an estimated 4.6 million children in the U.S. live in homes where there is at least one gun that is loaded and unlocked and urge gun owners to take extra precautions when children are in the presence of firearms.

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Arlington police believe the 17-year-old may have accidentally shot himself while handling the gun inside of the car (file photo). Alfred Gescheidt