HORSESHOE BAY, Texas (KXAN) - A Horseshoe Bay boy is still recovering in an Austin hospital after he accidentally shot himself in the chest Thursday.
Police continue to investigate the shooting but so far they're finding more questions than answers because the child's parents are no longer talking.
When officers arrived at the home, the boy's parents initially said the 3-year-old grabbed for a gun when it discharged, striking him in the chest.
"We found that the gun had obviously discharged while laying on the table and there was a weapon inside the house," said Asst. Chief Rocky Waldrow of the Horseshoe Bay Police. "But the weapon inside the house didn't appear to be the weapon that was used."
The boy was rushed to Dell Children's Medical Center where doctors performed emergency surgery to remove part of his lung.
When police couldn't find the weapon the boy shot, they ended up at a neighbor's home.
"We found the weapon (at the neighbor's) that was probably used in that incident," Waldrow said, "along with several other weapons that came from the house."
So far no charges have been filed against the parents, but that could change once the boy recovers.
"Our main priority is the health, safety and welfare of the little boy," Waldrow said. "Once we reach a point where these three things are no longer a concern we'll continue our efforts to try to meet with (the parents)."
And that could take time since the boy's parents refuse to cooperate with their investigation, making it harder to figure out exactly how the boy was shot.
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