KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
May 3, 2022
By Natalie Cook Clark
A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was accidently shot in the head by another child in a Katy home. The children got hold of an unattended gun before the accident occurred yesterday afternoon.
UPDATE: Sadly we report that the 4-year-old boy shot earlier this week has passed away from his injuries.
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Young Boy in Critical Condition
Family members rushed a 4-year-old boy to Katy Memorial Hermann yesterday after he was accidently shot in the head. The boy was then Life Flighted to the medical center where, according to authorities, at last check he was still in critical condition after surgery.
The young boy was shot after some kids in the Katy home found an unattended pistol. The home is located at the block of 22300 Guston Hall Lane near North Mason Road and Morton Road.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene yesterday, May 2, 2022 around 2:00 p.m. An investigation is ongoing, but no charges have been filed at this time.
According to authorities, they believe that an uncle brought a gun into the home and when it was unattended the children, believed to be ages 7 and 9-years-old got the gun and took it to another room.
Houston-Area Has Highest Gun Accidents in Texas
According to Texas Children’s Hospital, more than half of gun-related injuries they see in children are accidental. They also say that Houston has the highest rate of gun-related accidents in the state of Texas.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the only way to 100 percent protect children from guns is to remove them from the homes.
However, if you do have guns in the home there are ways to protect your family from an accidently shooting.
Place the gun in a rapid code access safe or fingerprint-based safe.
Apply a trigger lock, place weapon(s) into a combination-based safe and store ammunition separately.
Guns should be locked at all times and stored unloaded, whenever possible. Simply “hiding” guns is not good enough.
This shooting remains under investigation. As of this morning, the young Katy boy remains in critical condition.