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Mother charged for accidentally shooting her 5-year-old son while trying to target loose dog

A mother was charged after she accidentally shot her 5-year-old son while trying to shoot a dog that was running across the street in north Houston, according to Houston police.

Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, has been charged with deadly conduct with a firearm.

According to neighbours, Vargas, her son, and another family member were riding bikes down the street when a dog ran out.




That dog, named Bruno, is a 6-month-old boxer puppy.

“I came out of my house because Bruno was barking and barking. I thought my brother was coming,” said Bruno’s owner, who thought Bruno’s barking was to indicate his brother was at the door.

“So, I open the door just a little bit and he comes running out.”



In the video released Bruno can be seen running out with the owner following immediately behind. The owner can be seen telling the dog to come back in the house. The dog roamed out onto the street, and less than a second later, multiple shots rang out. Gunshots were then followed by extended screaming by the little boy’s parents.

Vargas’s 5-year-old son was rushed to the hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening wounds, police said.

The boy was struck in the abdomen by one of the three bullets that Vargas allegedly fired from a small caliber pistol, according to Detective J. Hasley with the HPD Major Assaults and Family Violence Division.

“She could have handled it differently. You know, she was there, her husband was there, I was there, nothing would have happened. Nothing bad like that,” said Bruno’s owner.