Teenager critical after accidental shooting

An accidental shooting in northeast Houston on Sunday has left a 16-year old boy in critical condition. The teen was with three other persons in a bedroom of a home in the 7600 block of Teesdale, playing with a handgun and a shotgun at around 1:40am, according to Houston police. Another teenage boy was unloading the shotgun, which he believed to be empty, and pulled the trigger: the gun discharged striking the 16-year old in the head. The case has been referred to a Harris County grand jury; the shooting is believed to be unintentional.

The Houston Chronicle’s article did not provide any information on how the boys got the guns they were handling. Depending on the specific facts, accidental shootings sometimes occur due to negligence on the part of the homeowner. Acts of homeowner negligence leading to injury to another person or their property are covered under homeowner’s insurance policies.