A Houston mom who allegedly opened fire on a neighbor’s loose dog accidentally shot her five-year-old son who was hit by a ricocheting bullet, according to authorities.
First responders transported the child, who was reportedly wounded in the stomach, to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, he is in stable condition and is expected to be okay.
The mom, identified by multiple media outlets as Angelia Mia Vargas, 24, was bike riding with her family when she allegedly fired three rounds from a small caliber pistol at the puppy, who was running across the street towards them in the incident that was partially captured on Ring video.
She is charged with the crime of deadly conduct, which appears to be a third-degree felony under Texas law under these circumstances. She is out on bond after being processed. The police investigation is ongoing.
“Following conversations with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Vargas was arrested by HPD officers and was charged because she fired across a ‘public roadway and in the direction of two occupied houses,'” Newsweek reported.
The owner of Bruno, a six-month-old Boxer, who says he opened the front door just slightly because he thought his brother had arrived at the home and the dog bolted out, later received a misdemeanor citation for an unleashed dog.
The pup was allegedly grazed on the leg by a bullet but was otherwise unharmed.
Watch the disturbing Ring doorbell video embedded below as shared on social media by ABC 13 Houston depicting the owner trying to call the puppy back inside when there is the sound of gunshots and some screaming.
An ABC13 exclusive from @ABC13Miya: A woman riding a bike with her son shot a homeowner's Boxer puppy. She missed, hitting her 5-year-old son instead! The mom is now charged with deadly conduct. https://t.co/KMXwA1SQuP pic.twitter.com/UgOPoiQ3N2
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) June 2, 2021
“I feel bad because what happened to the little boy. You know, I just heard everybody screaming and yelling and guns. I went inside,” the owner told KTRK, ABC 13.
“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,” the owner added.
He also told the news outlet that he has experienced nightmares following the north Houston incident that occurred on Saturday afternoon, May 29, but is just now surfacing in the media.
Watch a report on the incident from that aired on ABC 7:
As this is a developing story, check back for any updates that may emerge.
Social media users are reacting to this incident. Here is a sample:
Who the hell shoots at a stray dog, in your own neighborhood. Shit a dog!
It was wagging its tail in the video. The owner is following it out. There was no alarming activity or mayhem.
How many animals has she shot in the past? Easily killing animals is a sign of a psychopath
— Alexis (@AlexisCeule) June 2, 2021
I wonder if there was past issues with the dog. Most people don’t just blast someones pet for nothing.
— UnintendedConsequences (@Renee27106937) June 3, 2021
This is totally insane. She should have had that child taken away. The owner is right behind the puppy who escaped out of the door of his house. She was riding bikes with a 5 yr old and a gun??????
Are all Texans this nuts or just a select few? Curious.
Suppose to visit in July.
— ~It’s MY Opinion~ (@Susan27095135) June 2, 2021
Why was she armed? Why was she shooting puppies? There’s nothing that makes sense about this situation.
— Simo_FiveXFive (@CMO_FiveXFive) June 2, 2021
omg who in their right mind would shoot a puppy when the puppy’s owner is clearly nearby?!
— Cody aka Puppy Bear 🐻❄️ (@codythecoton) June 2, 2021
I would add: almost no one can shoot accurately while riding a bike, no one can ride a bike, shoot, and calculate possible ricochets at the same time, and shooting in urban areas always puts innocents w/in range of stray bullets.
— Elizabeth Moon (@emoontx) June 2, 2021
I find this whole situation legit disturbing. Whats also a bit disturbing is most of the posts in this thread seem to care more about the dog that didn’t get shot than the child that did. But I do realize that some people are kinda ….. weird when it comes to dogs.
— Joe_Sinister (@Joe_Sinister1) June 2, 2021
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