3-year-old fatally shoots himself
While other children played video games nearby, Gerald Miranda found the gun and shot himself in the chest, near his heart, said a neighbor who rushed across the street to help the family.
Julian "J" Suarez said he was taking out the trash after lunch on Friday when he heard a child yell for help.
According to the Texas Penal Code, it is against the law to leave a loaded gun where a child can reach it.
Crime-scene investigators remained at the house for several hours after the incident, neighbors said. By late afternoon, the street had largely returned to normal. The victim's house looked much like the others on the block. Christmas lights dangled from the roof, and white-and-red tinsel garland were spiraled around red metal bars over the windows.
"I just feel fortunate that we were able to help," Suarez said. "It was just a shock. It all happened so fast."