You can now read 10 articles a month for free. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Texas boy, 7, shoots 8-year-old cousin, police say

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Texas City police say an 8-year-old boy is in critical condition but does not appear to have life-threatening injuries after being shot in the face by his 7-year-old cousin.

Capt. Joe Stanton said the boys were playing unsupervised at a Texas City apartment Thursday when the 7-year-old found a handgun and it discharged. The 8-year-old was shot in the left cheek.

Continue reading below

Stanton said Friday that the older boy was out of surgery and in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital. He says the boy was ‘‘not in a life-threatening situation.’’

Police say there were no adults in the apartment when they arrived. Stanton says a boyfriend of the victim’s mother may have been responsible for supervising the children.

Texas Child Protective Services is reviewing the incident.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week