Hidalgo County authorities in Texas say Israel Torres had been drinking with his father Monday night when he accidentally shot himself in the head.
Torres, 17, was reportedly playing with the gun and had removed the magazine. Not realizing a bullet was still in the chamber, he pointed the gun at a butane tank but did not pull the trigger. Instead, the teenager did pull the trigger after pointing it at his own head.
Deputies received a call about a shooting at around 11:15 p.m. and responded to the South Tower Estates home, but the teen had already been taken to the hospital.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has said it will not be bringing any charges against the father for allowing his son to play with the .380-caliber, semi-automatic weapon.
However, the family is in the U.S. illegally and though Hidalgo County authorities won’t be pressing any charges, that does not mean federal immigration officials won’t pursue their charges of their own. Torres’ parents had been living the in U.S. for several years, but their two sons only arrived six of seven months ago.
At the time of the accident, officers said the father was “highly intoxicated.”
Torres’ girlfriend was also present.