On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office was notified of an accidental shooting of a 5 yr old at Knapp Medical Center. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead by medical staff.
Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office made contact with Lorena Rodriguez who said her brother was the homeowner, but he was not home at the time of the accident. She had arrived to see her brother off before he left out of town for the day. She was getting ready to leave when her neighbor Rosalinda Garcia came over to talk. They were talking when neighbor’s daughter asked to use the bathroom. Victim and her brother were told to go ahead and use the bathroom. Lorena reported the hearing that sounded like a fire work going off in the direction of the bathroom. They went and checked on the children and they found Sheila unresponsive. Lorena stated that she saw victim’s brother standing in the doorway that leads into the storage room. Rosalinda then grabbed victim and took her to the car and left with her husband to the hospital.
Justice of the Peace pronounced victim 5 yr old child dead. Autopsy is still pending. Investigation appears to be accidental at this time.