The police department confirmed it received a call about the child at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center just before 11 a.m.
According to a tweet, police said their commanders and public information officers were heading to an apartment complex in the 3100 block of Crestdale, near Kempwood, in connection with the deadly shooting.
HPD commanders & PIO are en route to the shooting of a child, reportedly at an apartment at 3130 Crestdale Dr near Kempwood in west Houston.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 9, 2021
The child was brought to a hospital at 921 Gessner Rd about 10:55 am & pronounced deceased.
No other info at this time. #hounews pic.twitter.com/rbOaVrbrya
The victim, Royal Gordon, was only 8 months old. The gun was reportedly discharged by the victim's 3-year-old brother inside the family's apartment.
Terrible! Child is dead after showing up at the hospital with a gunshot wound! I’m at the location where the shooting happened to get the latest info. #abc13 https://t.co/N2mdJQK2fu pic.twitter.com/1k9zMOEUOl— Miya Shay (@ABC13Miya) April 9, 2021
There are no criminal charges at this time and the case will be presented to the Harris County District Attorney's Office after further investigation, police announced.
Recent shooting incidents involving children
In recent days, law enforcement around the area has had to deal with several different instances in which children were hit by gunfire.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office arrested a 22-year-old college student accused of opening fire in a road rage shooting that left an 11-year-old girl with significant injuries.
Last month, a 6-year-old girl died after she was shot multiple times in Pasadena. The man charged with murder in her death is accused of opening fire over spilled water.
REPORT FROM FEBRUARY: More than 40 children under age of 12 have been killed in Harris County since 2019
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