Sheriff: Boy, 3, fatally shoots self at his birthday party

Sheriff: Boy, 3, fatally shoots self at his birthday party
Sheriff: Boy, 3, fatally shoots self at his birthday party (Source: Alonzo Small)

PORTER, Texas (AP) - Sheríff’s deputies say a 3-year-old Houston-area boy was killed when he shot himself accidentally at his own birthday party.

In a statement, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the incident was reported shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday at a home in Porter, 25 miles northeast of Houston. The child’s family and friends told investigators that they were playing cards when they heard a gunshot and the boy was found with a chest wound.

He was taken to a nearby fire station where he died. Investigators say the child found a handgun that had fallen from a family member’s pocket.

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