A ten-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his babysitter when she was taking selfies while holding a gun, a Texas sheriff’s office said, CNN reports.
Police said the boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but is recovering.
According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred at an apartment in Houston on Tuesday evening when the 19-year-old relative who was watching the child found a gun.
The girl started posing and taking pictures with it. That’s when the gun went off, hitting the boy in the stomach, authorities said.
Accidental and preventable gun deaths make up 1% of overall gun-related deaths in the US, according to the National Safety Council.
Senior Deputy Thomas Gilliland reminded the public to always remember that firearms are not to be played around with.
“Firearms are dangerous weapons so take precautions to make sure things like that don’t happen,” Gilliland said. “Taking selfies was not the best thing to be doing,” he added.