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Texas Boy Fatally Shoots 11-Year-Old With Gun He Found in Car at Walmart Parking Lot

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A 9-year-old boy shot dead another boy, aged 11, outside a Dallas Walmart store on Sunday, police have said.

The two children were left alone in a vehicle while a 32-year-old woman, who was watching them, went to go shopping nearby, according to police.

Police attended the scene at the 2800 block of S. Buckner Boulevard at around 12.40 p.m. following reports of shots fired.

When they arrived, officers found the 11-year-old the other boy in the parking lot outside a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he later died as a result of the wound he suffered earlier, police said.

Investigators said they believed the 9-year-old boy found a handgun inside the vehicle and shot the 11-year old, after the woman parked the car to go shopping.

Neither the identity of the victim or the other boy has been released. Their relationship and connection to the woman were also not released.

Following the shooting, several police vehicles could be seen inside the parking lot and a cordon had been put in place across a large section of it.

There has been no confirmation of any arrests or charges as of Monday morning.

A spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department told The Liberty Buzz: “When officers arrived at the location, they found an 11-year-old male with a gunshot wound.

“The complainant was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased. The witness, a 32-year-old female had parked her vehicle at the location and left the complainant and the 9-year-old male suspect alone in her vehicle while she went shopping.

“Initial reports are that the suspect found a handgun in the vehicle and shot the complaint. The investigation is ongoing.”

The Children’s Defense Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based child welfare organization, said gun violence is a leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S.

In its State of America’s Children 2020 gun violence report, the organization claimed death by gunshot was “the second leading cause of death for children and teens ages 1-19.”

The report continued that gun violence was also the “leading cause for Black children, claiming more child lives than cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, HIV/AIDS and opioids combined.”

It added the U.S. leads the world in child and teen gun deaths and is more than three times ahead of Turkey, the country with the next highest rate.

According to a September 17, Guns and America report titled “how many people in the U.S. Own Guns?” about “40 percent of Americans said they or someone in their household owns a gun.”

It cited a June 22, 2020, Pew Research Center survey, where 67 percent of gun owners said protection was the main reason why they had a firearm.

The report continued: “By comparison, roughly 4 out of 10 (38 percent) cite hunting as a major reason and just 3 out of 10 cite sport shooting.”

The parking lot, where the 11-year-old victim was shot, outside a Walmart store.
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