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Police: 13-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Sibling In Head

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Dallas Police say a young child was accidentally shot by his brother, who was playing with a gun Saturday afternoon.

The child was rushed to Children’s Medical Center, and family members tell CBS 11 he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the head, and he is in serious but stable condition as of 9:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, police got the call to a home on Maryland Avenue, of a 5-year-old shot.

However, the children’s grandmother says, the boy is actually 7-years-old.

Ramona Benford says her three grandsons, ages 13, 9, and 7, were dropped off at their step-father’s house.

“I’m hysterical right now. I can’t believe it because they’re not those kinds of kids, you know?” Benford said.

The boys were playing in a garage apartment behind the house, when police say the siblings located a gun. Police say the 13 was handling the weapon when it fired, and struck the youngest child.

“It’s another tragedy in the city. We try to avoid these things, hope the parents are educated. Have their guns locked up in a safe place where kids can’t have access to these kinds of weapons and hurt themselves,” says Sgt. Reginald Matthew, with the Dallas Police Child Abuse Squad.

Benford says the children’s step-father told her, he’d left the boys alone for 15 minutes while he went into the main house.

“Every day we talk to them about playing with guns, being around the wrong kids. We talk to them,” Benford said.

Matthew says investigators are talking to the older children as well as adults to find out how the kids got the gun into their hands to begin with.

At this time, police have not made charges or arrests, but those may be considered at a later date.

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