Fort Worth

Boy, 13, is shot while handling gun in north Fort Worth

Investigators are looking to find out what caused the accidental firing of a gun in a north Fort Worth home Thursday afternoon that sent a 13-year-old boy to the hospital.

The boy, who was shot in the upper torso, was handling a firearm with another teenager at Northeast 37th Street and Deen Road, said officer Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth police spokesman.

The victim’s brother reported that the 13-year-old was shot while children were playing with a gun, according to a police incident report.

Segura said he believed that only two children were involved.

MedStar received a call at 5:26 p.m. and transported the teen to a hospital in serious condition, said Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for the ambulance service. His injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

The Police Department’s crimes against children unit will investigate, Segura said. If necessary, it will consult with Child Protective Services to see if there was any negligence by the parents, he said.

“If the children intentionally went into a secured safe and got [the gun] out and started playing with it, that’s a different story,” Segura said.

He did not say what type of gun it was.

— Monica S. Nagy