A family outing became a near-tragedy Friday evening after two young children were accidentally shot in a Texas Chuck E. Cheese parking lot while alone in a parent’s car.
According to the Star-Telegram, two 3-year-old boys walked out of a Fort Worth Chuck E. Cheese ahead of their adult companions, who were reportedly just behind them, and went into a family car. A Fort Worth police spokesperson told the newspaper that the children found a .380-caliber pistol in the car, and one of the boys was playing with it when he accidentally shot himself in the hand and the other boy in the back.
According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth, that bullet went through to the boy’s abdomen. He is serious condition at a local hospital but expected to survive. The other child suffered only a minor injury to his hand.
It is still unclear if the boys are related and how many parents were with them at Chuck E. Cheese prior to the accident. According to a CBS Dallas Forth Worth broadcast news report, a parent is expected to face charges of making a firearm accessible to a child.
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