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Police: Houston Boy, 4, Accidentally Shoots Self With Handgun

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File photo of hospital. (Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

File photo of hospital. (Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) — A 4-year-old Houston boy is hospitalized in critical condition after police say he accidentally shot himself in the face with a handgun at his family’s apartment.

The shooting happened just before midnight Tuesday in northern Houston. Police Officer Brian Evans says the boy’s parents thought he was asleep when they heard a gunshot. They went into a bedroom and found their wounded son lying on a bed.

Evans says the boy’s father had left the gun accidentally on a nightstand. No charges have been filed, but the case will be presented to the Harris County district attorney’s office for review.

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