A Lubbock 4-year-old has been upgraded to fair condition after his 5-year-old brother accidentally shot him in the stomach using his father's handgun Saturday night.
Family members say Justin Jones is a jailer for the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and that it was his work issued gun that the 5-year-old accidentally used to shoot his brother Tyler Jones.
Police say Justin told them he was asleep during the shooting, and that his son got the gun off the top shelf of a closet in their home on the 2200 block of 93rd Place.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday, the boys' grandfather Michael Jones says his son Justin ran to his house a block away carrying Tyler in his arms. "My son said call 911, something bad has happened," said Michael.
Michael says the reason Justin ran to his house was because he had no phone to call 911, and his wife Sara was at work with their only vehicle.
Michael says the bullet grazed Tyler's liver and he was rushed to Covenant's Women's and Children's ER for surgery. Sunday morning Tyler had another surgery, and hospital officials say he is their pediatric intensive care. "Doctors say he is lucky to be alive," said Michael.
Police say Children's Protective Services were called out to investigate the accident. Family members say the 5-year-old and another 3-year-old brother are now staying at their maternal grandparent's house.
As of Sunday night no charges have been filed, but police say a guardian could face a charge of making a firearm accessibly to a minor.
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