A 5-year-old found a gun in his home Sunday afternoon and fatally shot his 4-year-old brother, Fort Worth police said Monday.
After a thorough investigation, detectives have determined charges will not be filed against the parents at this time, police said in a Monday email.
The 5-year-old found the weapon and fired it just before noon Sunday in his home in the 7700 block of Greengage Drive. Police haven’t said what kind of gun it was.
Less than an hour after the shooting, Truth Ca’Morrian Albright died in the emergency room at Cook Children’s Medical Center. The results of an autopsy had not been released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office as of Monday afternoon.
Larry Davison, who lives several houses down from where the shooting happened, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday that he had never talked to the people who lived there, but often saw two boys playing outside.
He said the last time he saw any emergency vehicles on the street was five years ago when a house caught fire.
The Crime Scene Search Unit, homicide detectives and Crimes Against Children detectives processed the scene and conducted interviews Sunday evening. The Fort Worth homicide unit conducted the follow-up investigation.
Truth was one of three children shot on Sunday in Tarrant County. Two other children were shot in Arlington on Sunday in separate incidents, which remain under investigation. No charges had been filed in the Arlington cases as of Monday.
Arlington police said a 6-year-old boy remained in “very serious” condition Monday after being shot in the head by his 10-year-old brother. The shooting happened at about 5 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 1400 block of Cloyne Drive. A 3-year-old child at the residence also was grazed or hit by shrapnel but is expected to survive.
In a separate incident, an 8-year-old girl was shot in the buttocks in what police believe to be an accidental shooting about noon Sunday in the 3800 block of Mahonia Drive in Arlington. She was taken to Cook Children’s Hospital and is expected to recover.
In the Cloyne Drive shooting, the 10-year-old gained access to a .22-caliber rifle, Arlington police Lt. Christopher 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.
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 the Mahonia Drive shooting, initial information received by 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. 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 investigators are still trying to verify if that’s what happened, 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.”
Staff writer Kaley Johnson contributed to this report.