7-Year-Old Houston Boy Shot By 5-Year-Old Brother

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A 7-year-old boy who was shot by his 5-year-old brother with a rifle in their Houston home Tuesday night is expected to recover.

The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. while the boys were taking a bath, investigators say. The 5-year-old got out of the bath tub, found a .22 caliber rifle, and then shot his 7-year-old brother.

He was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his wounds.

"They were non-life threatening," Houston Police Sgt. Ryan Gardiner said. "It was one bullet hole that went through his lower back."

The rifle was recovered at the scene – an old, rusty bolt-action .22.

Investigators are questioning adults that were home at the time of the shooting and the 5-year-old. The boys’ mother was home, KTRK-TV reported. Police said the parents could face charges for leaving the rifle unsecured.

This incident is the fifth shooting of a child under the age of 10 by a sibling in nine days. A 6-year-old Miami girl shot by her 13-year-old brother Saturday was in stable but critical condition Sunday. A 9-year-old girl in Auburn, Wash., was shot in the leg by her brother on May 1 and is expected to make a full recovery. A 5-year-old boy in Cumberland County, Ky., fatally shot his 2-year-old sister April 30 with a youth rifle that was given to him as a gift. An 8-year-old boy in Mountain Village, Ala., killed his 5-year-old sister with a rifle on April 29. 

All five shootings are considered to be accidental.

Sources: ABC Local KTRK-TV, Houston Chronicle