Incident at 5123 Hialeah

May 20, 2007 - Houston police are investigating the apparent accidental fatal shooting of a juvenile at 5123 Hialeah about 10:10 p.m. on Saturday (May 19).

The victim, Mathew Clayton, 12, suffered a gunshot wound to the neck and face. He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Sosa Jr. and Officer T. Andrade reported:

Mathew and his brother, Robert Allen Clayton, 17, were in Robert’s bedroom at the family’s home at 5123 Hialeah. Robert was preparing to take a shower and reached for a bath towel on a desk in the bedroom. When Robert Clayton pulled the towel from the desk, his gun fell onto the desk. He then picked it up and placed it on that same desk. At that time, the gun discharged and struck Mathew, who was sitting on his brother’s bed.

The investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed at this time.

JFC 5-20-07
Inc #073672107

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