The 22-month-old female injured in the shooting incident in Terrell on September 6, 2016 has greatly improved and will likely be released from ICU today.
The investigation is still ongoing, but a forensic interview this morning confirms that the older 2-year-old female sibling located the unsecured, loaded weapon under the truck seat. She picked it up and inadvertently discharged it striking the younger sister. Initial reports were that the gunshot wound was to the neck, but it was later that medical staff confirmed it was the upper left shoulder near the clavicle area. The bullet entered and exited the child, then struck the interior door and exited through and out the right rear passenger door of the Dodge pickup.
The child is doing well and expected to make a full recovery.
Texas Penal Code, Sec. 46.13 MAKING A FIREARM ACCESSIBLE TO A CHILD states:
A person commits an offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person with criminal negligence:
(1) failed to secure the firearm; or
(2) left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access.
The Terrell Police Investigators are consulting with Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office regarding potential criminal charges against the father. No charges have been filed at this time.