Two 3-year-old boys were wounded Friday evening in an accidental shooting outside of a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in southwest Fort Worth, police said.
The children were taken to Cook Children’s hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The incident happened about 5:50 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chuck-E-Cheese’s at Southwest Loop 820 and International Plaza in the Overton Park Plaza shopping center.
Sgt. Marc Povero, a police spokesman, said the children left the restaurant ahead of their parents and went to the family vehicle, where they found a .380-caliber pistol. As one of the children was playing with the weapon, it discharged, injuring the child in the hand and striking the other child in the back.
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“It went through his hand and into the second child through his back and torso area,” Povero said.
The child who was struck in the back suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Povero said.
The other child was also taken to the hospital but with less-serious injuries. Both boys were in stable condition Friday night.
Police were still investigating the shooting late Friday, speaking with the children’s parents and other witnesses.