Two children shot in Arlington in separate incidents; one in ‘very serious condition’

Two children were shot in Arlington in two separate incidents Sunday, police said.

A 6-year-old boy was shot in the head at about 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of Cloyne Drive. The boy’s 10-year-old brother was the shooter, Arlington police Lt. Chris Cook said.

The child was flown to Cook Children’s Hospital in “very serious condition.”

In this case, the 10-year-old gained access to a .22-caliber rifle, Cook said. A teen told police that he purchased the rifle, but investigators with the Arlington gun crimes unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are trying to confirm that information, Cook said.

Another child at the residence was struck by shrapnel but is expected to survive. It is unknown if any of the children involved in this shooting were special-needs children, Cook said.

Police are also attempting to determine whether there had been another child at the residence who was not there when officers arrived, Cook said. Police would like to interview that person.

In another incident, at about noon, an 8-year-old girl was shot in the buttocks in the 3800 block of Mahonia Drive.

The girl is at Cook Children’s Hospital and is expected to survive, Cook said.

Initial information received by the police indicated the child was shot outside, but investigators found bullet holes inside an apartment, leading them to believe that initial reports may not be true, Cook said.

It seems as though the child was shot by an Uzi or Mac 10 styled weapon, and Arlington police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigators are trying to determine what actually transpired. The weapon may have been stolen from Bastrop, and detectives are also trying to confirm that information, Cook said.

In this case, police received reports that the girl sat on the weapon, which later discharged, but officers are attempting to verify that version of events, Cook said.

Adults were present in each location when the children were shot, but it is unclear whether any adult was in the room when these shootings occurred, Cook said. Investigators are also trying to determine if the guns involved in these two incidents were purchased legally, Cook said.

“It’s shocking,” Cook said. “We do a lot of public education on the use of firearms. Gun violence has no place in our society. When you hear stories like this, it just shocks your conscious.”

Also on Sunday, a 4-year-old was shot and killed in Fort Worth. The child may have been shot by a sibling, police said.

All three shootings remained under investigation Sunday.

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