4-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Himself At Home In Hockley

Officials confirmed the child is the stepson of a sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said a 4-year-old is recovering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The child was airlifted to Memorial Herman Hospital shortly after 6:30 p.m. from his home in the 31700 block of Dunham Lake Drive.

The child was in critical condition while coming out of surgery overnight.

HCSO also confirmed he is the stepson of a sergeant with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is the second Houston-area child -in the last four days- that has accidentally shot himself. An accidental shooting Sunday, July 8, left a 2-year-old boy dead in northwest Houston.

Officials earlier said the boy is 3-years-old.

News 88.7 In-Depth recently looked at gun-storage safety:

Current state law (in Section 46.13 of the Texas Penal Code) requires gun owners to ensure loaded weapons are inaccessible to children 16 and under.

Gov. Greg Abbott wants to raise the age to 17, include unloaded guns and increase the penalty for violations.

But the reality looks different. A recent study by Harvard, Columbia and Northeastern universities finds of gun-owning households with children in the U.S., 20 percent kept their guns loaded and unlocked in 2015.

Find "Are Stricter Gun Storage Laws Part Of The Solution To School Shootings?" by Florian Martin here.

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