According to the Houston Police
Department, a Texas
woman was arrested after shooting
at a loose dog
and the bullet ricocheted into her son's abdomen.
The 5-year-old boy was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition; his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. The incident occurred Saturday afternoon in a suburb northeast of Houston.
Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, was charged with lethal conduct with a firearm after allegedly shooting at a dog across the street three times with a small-caliber pistol, one of which ricocheted and struck her son, according to police.
Neighbors who witnessed the incident told ABC13 that Vargas, her son, and another family member were riding their bikes down the street when the dog bolted.
She allegedly fired across the street and into two occupied houses, according to police.
The dog's owner, who did not want to be identified, told ABC13 Houston that his puppy is a 6-month-old boxer named Bruno, and that a doorbell video from his home captured the moment Bruno ran outside, with the owner hot on his tail, before three shots rang out.
Bruno was grazed in the leg, and his owner was cited for letting the dog run loose.
An ABC13 exclusive from @ABC13Miya: A woman riding a bike with her son shot a homeowner's Boxer puppy but missed, hitting her 5-year-old son instead! The mother is now charged with lethal conduct. https://t.co/KMXwA1SquP
pic.twitter.com/UgOPoiQ3N2 — ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 2, 2021
He told ABC13 that he is saddened by what happened to the little boy and has nightmares about it.
He described Saturday's shooting as "everyone screaming
and yelling and guns
“There could have been other ways you could have handled that,” he added, “but she just didn’t even... didn’t aim or anything, just started shooting.”
According to reports, Vargas has been released on bond.
The incident occurs as Texas, which has some of the most lax gun laws in the country, is poised to make carrying handguns without a license legal.
Gov. Greg Abbott
(R) has promised to sign the bill, which passed the Republican-dominated legislature and was on its way to his desk last week.
The bill would eliminate the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry a handgun if they are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law. Under current law, Texans
who wanted to carry a handgun had to go through a background check and training to obtain a license.