A 10-year-old boy was shot by his babysitter as she tried to take selfies whereas holding a gun, police in Houston say.
Caitlyn Smith shot the kid within the abdomen on Tuesday, pondering the weapon was unloaded. Police confirmed she is the kid’s aunt.
The 19-year-old has since been charged with damage to a baby and critical bodily damage.
The boy is in a critical situation however is anticipated to make a full restoration.
The bullet missed the child’s vital organs, in line with Fox 26.
Harris County Sherriff Ed Gonzales informed the information website the weapon was saved unsecured at dwelling.
“The female indicates that she retrieved that weapon to take pictures, and in the course of taking pictures the gun went off and struck the child,” he added.
“Very tragic situation, we see this quite a bit.”
Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland informed CNN: “Firearms are dangerous weapons so take precautions and make sure things like that don’t happen. Taking selfies was not the best thing to be doing.”
In response to the Gun Violence Archive, to date this yr 6,155 people have died in shootings in the US.
Of that quantity, 321 deaths have been unintentional.
Final yr, 3,760 folks underneath the age of 18 have been injured or killed in shootings.