Child fires gun in nursery accident
Police are trying to find out how a preschool child got a loaded gun and brought to a school in Texas, where it fell from his pocket and fired, injuring the boy and two other children.
Some parents said the incident has made them worry about safety at the school and additional security measures, including extra officers and metal detectors, might be needed. School district officials have said extra security is in place at the 470-pupil school.
One bullet was fired at about 10.35 am on Tuesday in the Ross Elementary School cafeteria, spraying fragments at the students, said Houston Independent School District Assistant Police Chief Robert Mock.
"It dropped on the floor, under the table. It was loud, it was so loud," said six-year-old Kennedi Glapion.
Two six-year-old boys were wounded, including the one who had the gun. The boy with the gun suffered a foot injury and the other boy a grazed leg, said Sam Sarabia, the elementary chief school officer for the Houston school district. A five-year-old girl was injured in her knee, he said.
All three kindergarten children were taken to Texas Children's Hospital. One of the boys, Khoran Brown, was treated and released. The girl, Za'Keyah Thomas, and the boy who brought the gun - who has not been named - were in stable condition.
Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said it was too early in the investigation to tell if any charges would be filed.
Khoran Brown's parents said in a statement: "It is a sad situation that this took place but we are thankful our son is in good spirits. He is already asking to get back to school."
"I think every school should have metal detectors just for this reason," said Lucy Becerril, 29, whose six-year-old son Carlos was in the cafeteria during the shooting.
The child who brought the gun could face disciplinary action, including being sent to an alternative school for up to 180 days, said Houston school district spokesman Norm Uhl. He said no punishment has been decided yet.