A group of boys hanging at an apartment found a gun Sunday afternoon and one of them ended up dead.
An 11-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released, was accidentally shot and killed when one of the other boys mishandled the gun, Houston police say.
The incident occurred about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the northwest part of town in the 200 block of Laverne.
HPD says four juvenile boys were visiting a juvenile female at an apartment leased by her uncle.
"At some point, the group went into a closet in the apartment...to look for money to get some food," HPD says. "While in the closet, the kids found a handgun."
As one of the kids was handling the gun, it went off. The victim was hit and rushed to the hospital, but died.
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The boy who was holding the gun was questioned and released by police.
An investigation is continuing and the case will be referred to a grand jury, which will look into why a loaded gun was in a place easily accessible to children.