LUBBOCK, Texas — The Lubbock Police Department said Monday that officers are investigating a shooting Sunday afternoon in the 1100 block of E Rice Street that left one 5-year-old with serious injuries.
According to LPD, shortly after 12:00 p.m., three children were in a parked vehicle outside of a residence. The vehicle was parked next to another vehicle being worked on by their father.
LPD said a 3-year-old climbed into the front seat and found a loaded handgun in the console. The 3-year-old discharged the firearm, striking their 5-year-old sibling, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.
The 5-year-old was taken by EMS to University Medical Center, according to a social media post by LPD.
The third child was not injured, according to LPD.
Read the release from LPD below:
The Lubbock Police Department is investigating a shooting involving two juveniles that occurred shortly after noon Feb. 28 in the 1100 block of E Rice Street.
Three juveniles were located in a stationary vehicle outside of a residence, parked next to a vehicle being worked on by their father. A three-year-old climbed into the front seat of the vehicle and found a loaded handgun in the console of the vehicle. The three-year-old discharged the firearm, striking the five-year-old who was sitting in the front passenger seat. The third juvenile was not injured.
The five-year-old was transported to by EMS to University Medical Center with serious injuries.
The investigation is ongoing.