A 1-year-old toddler was shot by their 4-year-old sibling with an unsecured pistol at a residence near Houston on Tuesday. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office reported that the pre-schooler found the gun at home and used it to shoot their sibling.
The toddler was taken to the hospital for treatment, and the injuries were not life-threatening. According to local news KHOU, the toddler was shot in the leg and underwent surgery, but is expected to recover.
Authorities are urging gun owners to keep their firearms secured and out of reach of children to prevent similar incidents from occurring. This is not the first time a child has accidentally shot someone with a gun they found at home. In 2020, there were at least 383 unintentional shootings by children, resulting in 142 deaths and 241 injuries, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Gun violence prevention advocates are calling for universal background checks and safe storage laws to reduce the number of accidental shootings and prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands, especially children.