An 8-year-old Oklahoma boy who “got a hold” of his parents’ handgun accidentally shot his twin in the hand July 12 morning, Midwest City police said.
The victim’s life was not at risk, Assistant Chief Sid Porter said.
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The parents were home in Midwest City—about 8 miles southeast of Oklahoma City—and heard the gunshot in another room, Porter said. They called 911.
No charges are expected, Porter said.
Fire rescue teams arrived about 7:40 a.m., said David Richardson, a Midwest City Fire Department spokesman.
The injured child was alert on the way to the hospital, Richardson said.
2-Year-Old Boy Found a Gun at Home in South Carolina, Fatally Shot Himself
Three weeks ago, a 2-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head at home in South Carolina.
Officers responded to a call on June 20 about a child who got a hold of a gun at home and shot himself, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Flood told WYFF.
Deputies tried to provide medical aid to the child while waiting for EMS, but he died on the way to the hospital, Flood said.
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The Greenville County coroner identified him as Kayden John Stuber, according to WYFF, and ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.
There have been 288 children killed or injured by a gun in 2019, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which compiles data on shooting incidents.