12-year-old boy fatally shot on Velma Ave., possible suspect detained: HPD

Investigators are working to make sure they know the nature of this shooting if it was an accident or intentional. 

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. when officers received a call about a 12-year-old shot in the chest with a shotgun outside of a home on the 6000 block of Velma Lane. 

When first responders arrived, they performed CPR on the child, but he died from his injuries. 

We’re told a 22-year-old relative was handling the gun outside of the house at the time. 

Officers say the homicide division is currently looking into this after getting some conflicting reports. 


"We were getting initial information that it was accidental, but we’re not sure if that was actually the case. Just trying to verify if that was indeed the case or if it was something else," said Commander Larry Bainbridge with the Houston Police Department.  

Bainbridge did say there was no argument between the two, but the 22-year-old is being held for questioning at this time.

No charges have been filed as of yet. 

This investigation is preliminary. 

Houston police want to remind everyone that while handling a gun, always assume it’s loaded, and handle it in a safe manner.