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4-Year-Old Shot at Katy Home; Father Charged


February 10, 2023

By Natalie Cook Clark

A four-year-old boy was shot in the arm Thursday at a Katy home. The father has been arrested and charged with injury to a child and giving a false police report.

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Child Shot at Katy Creek Ranch Home

A four-year-old boy is in stable condition after being shot in the arm at a Katy home on Thursday afternoon. Initially the father informed officers that the boy was shot on the Katy freeway in a road rage incident, but an investigation showed the shooting happened in the home.

According to Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan, the boy’s grandmother heard something upstairs in the home and then saw that the boy was bleeding. He was struck by gunfire on Thursday February 2, 2023 around 10:30 p.m. at the home located at the 25000 block of Tancy Ranch Court near Falcon Landing Blvd. in the Katy Creek Ranch subdivision.

The father rushed his son to a west Houston hospital and told authorities about a road rage incident, that was later dismissed as a false report.

The father, whose identity hasn’t been released, has been charged with injury to a child and giving a false police report.

The incident is still under investigation. Authorities do not know who shot the child or how he got shot.

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.


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