5-Year-Old Shot Saturday by Friend Dies

Charges may still be filed in accidental shooting, police say

By Frank Heinz and Lindsay Wilcox
|  Monday, May 13, 2013  |  Updated 6:43 PM CDT
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5-Year-Old Shot Saturday by Friend Dies

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A 5-year-old Denton boy who was accidentally shot in the head Saturday by his 8-year-old friend has died.

The boy, Jason Haley, was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m. Monday, Denton police said.

Haley was shot with a .22-caliber rifle inside a bedroom at a home on the 2700 block of Stockton Street.

Officers said two adults and one teenager were also inside the house when the shooting happened at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Haley was transported to Denton Regional Medical Center and flown by CareFlite to Children's Medical Center in Dallas, where he died Monday afternoon.

Haley's death is the second accidental shooting of a child in North Texas in less than a week.

On Wednesday, 2-year-old Kinsler Davis, of Corsicana, fatally shot himself in the head after finding his father's handgun while his father was in a closet in the same room.

Denton and Corsicana police both say they have not decided if they will pursue charges in the cases.

While the shootings are believed to be an accident, according to Section 46.13 of the Texas Penal Code, "It is unlawful to store, transport or abandon an unsecured firearm in a place where children are likely to be an can obtain access to the firearm."

The statute states that the gun owner cannot be arrested for seven days after a fatal shooting if the child involved is a family member. Violation of the statute is a Class A misdemeanor if the shooting ends in death.

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