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Precinct 4 constable stresses gun safety after teen shot in Tomball

August 2, 2018

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman is stressing the need for gun safety after a 14-year old boy was shot in Tomball on Tuesday.

The teenage boy is currently in critical condition being shot in the Three Lakes East subdivision around noon.

“He was shot in the neck and severed an artery, so he was bleeding out. Hopefully, he’s going to recover,” Herman said.

The teenager was taken to Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital for surgery and is currently in intensive care at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Deputies are still investigating the incident, which was initially believed to be accidentally self-inflicted.

“Initially, it was reported to us that he accidentally shot himself. Once we got out there, other kids that were there were saying, ‘No, he was shot by another kid,’” Herman said.

The gun recovered from the incident was stolen during a car burglary on Monday night, he said.

Deputies arrested a suspect and are still determining if the shooting was accidental or deliberate.

Several accidental shootings in the Houston area have been reported in recent months.

In July, a teenage girl died after being accidentally shot while taking a selfie with a loaded gun in Conroe.

In southeast Houston, a 2-year old boy managed to grab a gun and shot himself in May. The boy’s father, Ali Parvez Masoom, was charged with a misdemeanor of making a firearm accessible to a child.

In northwest Harris County, accidental shooting have been sporadic, Herman said.

Educating children about how to gun safety is necessary to help prevent serious or fatal shootings, he said.

Storing guns in gun safes, with a gun lock or simply keep firearms away from children would help decrease accidents, Herman said.

One way the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is helping is by offering free gun locks to firearm owners to help prevent a someone from getting shot.

The Precinct 4 Constable’s Office is located at 6831 Cypresswood Drive, in Spring.

“We try to encourage folks to keep your guns at home secured, especially when kids are out and possibly have access. There were no adults at this house yesterday. It was all teenage kids there,” he said.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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