4-Year-Old Shot in Shoulder at Dallas Home

Investigators say boy shot himself in the shoulder

By Kendra Lyn
|  Thursday, Jun 6, 2013  |  Updated 9:57 AM CDT
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A 4-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder Wednesday night on Campanella Drive, near Interstate 635 and 75. He was taken to the hospital by family members.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

A 4-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder Wednesday night on Campanella Drive, near Interstate 635 and 75. He was taken to the hospital by family members.

A 4-year-old Dallas boy is recovering in a hospital after he shot himself in the shoulder, police say.

Family members told NBC 5 that the boy was visiting his grandparents at their home on the 8200 block of Campanella Drive, where police said the boy accidentally shot himself with a semi-automatic weapon.

Sgt. Warren Mitchell, with the Dallas Police Department, said the child wandered into his grandfather's bedroom and found the weapon underneath a pillow.

Sgt. Gary Beck, with the Dallas Police Department, said officers found out about the shooting after the boy's family drove him to Medical City Hospital in Dallas. An off-duty officer relayed the information about the shooting to Dallas police, and detectives went to the home to investigate.

Police said the boy was transferred to Children's Medical Center by CareFlite. Family members told NBC 5 the boy is recovering in the hospital.

Police said the child's injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Beck said Child Protective Services and the Dallas Police Department's Youth and Family Support Division were called, as is standard procedure.

Charges of endangering a child could be filed against the homeowner, Beck said.

NBC 5's Omar Villafranca contributed to an earlier version of this report.

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