- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Lubbock police say a 5-year-old boy has died after being shot when a rifle handled by his father accidentally discharged at the family’s house.

Police Lt. Ray Mendoza said Thursday that the victim’s name has yet to be released as the investigation continues.

Mendoza says the boy’s father was cleaning or doing maintenance on the rifle Tuesday night when it accidentally fired.

Mendoza says a single round went through a wall and into the family room, where the victim was standing. The boy was shot in the chest and died later at a Lubbock hospital.

Mendoza says the victim’s 3-year-old brother was also in the house. Nobody else was hurt.

No charges were immediately filed.


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