FORT WORTH -- An argument between siblings turned violent early Tuesday in southeast Fort Worth when a 15-year-old killed his adult brother with a .357 magnum revolver, police said.
Eric Clark, 22, was rushed to John Peter Smith hospital from the family’s home in the 5300 block of Flamingo Road, but he died en route, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner.
The shooting occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of Business 287 and Miller Avenue.
The boys’ father, Nathaniel Clark, said that he was asleep when the shooting occurred and that his sons had been hanging out in the driveway with girls. A third son, who witnessed the altercation, awakened him and told him about the shooting.
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"I got up and saw my son with bullet holes in his chest and gasping for breath," Clark said. "I'm still numb."
Nathaniel Clark said he didn’t know what his sons were fighting about. The 15-year-old weighs about 120 pounds and his older brother weighed about 230 pounds, he said.
"Just yesterday, they were wrestling in the living room like brothers do," Nathaniel Clark said. "It wasn’t like they fought all the time or it’s been building up. They weren’t feuding. We’re a close-knit family. I am just puzzled."
The 15-year-old remained was in police custody Tuesday morning.
"It’s unknown what the argument was about," said Lt. Paul Henderson, police spokesman. "Detectives are still questioning the 15-year-old."
Police were looking into how the teenager got the gun, Henderson said.
"Part of investigation will focus on how a 15-year-old obtain the pistol because he is minor," Henderson said. "If you have guns in the house, and minor children, the guns need to be put away and not readily available to them."
Texas Penal Code states that making a firearm accessible to a child is a Class C misdemeanor, unless the child kills or hurts someone with a gun, and then it becomes a Class A misdemeanor.
Nathaniel Clark said he didn't know where his son got the weapon, but suggested that someone could have brought it over during the night.
He said his wife was still in shock from the shooting.
"I don’t think it has hit her yet," he said.