Authorities Believe Texas Couple Hid Gun After 3-Year-Old Son Shot Himself

September 23, 2013 6:12 a.m.

Authorities said they were concerned a Texas couple attempted to hide a firearm after their 3-year-old son accidentally shot himself, leading to the removal of one of the boy’s lungs, the River Cities Daily Tribune reported Friday.

Officers in Horseshoe Bay, Texas responded to a call on Sept. 19 referencing a child accidentally shooting himself, according to a release from assistant police Chief Rocky Wardlow. The release states Horseshoe Bay officers recovered a loaded handgun lying on the residence’s kitchen table. The boy’s parents told police that the child picked up the handgun and it discharged, but refused to let officers search the residence further.

Wardlow’s release stated police were concerned the boy’s parents attempted to hide the weapon, as officers learned after obtaining a search warrant that the handgun found inside the home was not involved in the incident. Investigators received conflicting accounts of where that weapon was allegedly hid, the release stated.

Investigators located three handguns and a rifle in a neighbor’s home, following an account suggesting the boy’s mother hid the weapon there, according to the Tribune. The investigation was ongoing.

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