An 11-year-old boy shot a 12-year-old child in the face in Camden, New Jersey on Friday in what authorities are describing as an accident. The child is being treated an area hospital and is expected to survive.
“We have the 11-year-old and the 11-year-old’s parents with us, they are fully cooperative,” Chief Scott Thomson of the Camden County Regional Police said, according to WPVI-TV. “We’re trying to get to the bottom of what happened.”
The bullet appeared to wound the 12-year-old child in the nasal area but avoided hitting the brain. A 19-year-old relative of the child was present at the time of the incident, but authorities are still investigating how they obtained the weapon.
The news caps off a spree of underage shootings this week: a 2-year-old boy died Wednesday after accidentally shooting himself in the head in the Texas town of Corsicana, a 3-year-old boy in Tampa, Florida fatally shot himself with his uncle’s gun on Tuesday, a 5-year-old boy shot his 7-year-old brother in Houston, Texas on Tuesday and a 13-year-old shot his 6-year-old sister in Florida on Monday.
Last week, a 2-year-old girl in Kentucky died after her 5-year-old brother accidentally shot her in the chest with a rifle he received as a gift.