Witnesses say kids playing with a loaded weapon at a home in northwest Houston ended in tragedy Sunday when an 11-year-old boy was shot and killed.
The child’s grandmother, Susan Wenzel, said her grandson, Alex Whitfield, died from a gunshot wound he suffered at his father’s home.
Houston police have deemed it an accidental shooting.
HPD says the boy was with other children at a condominium complex around 2 p.m. in the 2000 block of Laverne Street near Hammerly Blvd. in the Spring Branch area when the shooting took place.
Police told Wenzel the child was playing with four other children when they found a gun.
The grandmother says they were told a child grabbed the gun and it went off and hit the boy.
Reports say EMT’s performed CPR on the child for 40 minutes without success and no adults were home at the time of the shooting. The victim’s grandmother said a 16-year-old was babysitting the children.
The investigation in this case continues.