Texas Toddler Braison Howard, 3, Accidentally Shot Dead by 8-Year-Old Cousin
Braison Howard, 3, of Nacogdoches, was playing with his 8-year-old cousin Tristan Howard on Monday at his family’s home in Eureka, Navarro County when the older boy picked up and loaded a 20-gauge shotgun before accidentally blasting the younger child in the head. Fox Dallas-Fort Worth reports Braison was trying to wrest control of the gun back from Tristan when it accidentally discharged. Braison was pronounced dead at the scene.
“By all accounts, this is just a tragic accident,” Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner told WFAA.
At least three adults were home at the time of the shooting. Investigators are still piecing together what happened on that tragic day; it is not yet known whether anyone will face charges in connection with the fatal shooting. Under Texas law, children under the age of 10 cannot be charged with a crime, Tanner said.