Teen hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in chest at Fifth Ward apartment, police say

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Monday, October 23, 2023
Teenage boy hospitalized after accidentally shooting himself in chest inside Cleme Manor Apartments at Coke Street, police say
Police said the teen is expected to survive, but are investigating on who the gun belongs to.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A teenage boy accidentally shot himself in the chest inside his family's Fifth Ward apartment Saturday, according to Houston police.

Investigators told ABC13 the shooting happened around 4:40 p.m. at the Cleme Manor Apartments on Coke Street.

Family members loaded the boy into a vehicle to transport him to the hospital after the shooting. EMS arrived as they were placing him in the vehicle and transported him instead.

Several neighborhood children witnessed the boy being carried through the complex to the car.

"I don't feel like any kid that young should be exposed to stuff like that because it's really bad for their mental health," Cleme Manor resident Dream Thomas said.

Investigators do not know who the gun belongs to. They interviewed those who were inside the apartment.

This year, Texas had the greatest number of unintentional shootings in the United States. There have been 26 to date - 8 of them happening in the Greater Houston area, according to data from Everytown for Gun Safety.

"I feel like it has a lot to do with the gun laws. I feel like the gun laws here in Texas are really unfair. I feel like Texas cares more about guns than children," Thomas said.

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