3-year-old boy shot in the head, taken by his mother to North Dallas Hospital, police say

Update: This story was updated at 6:31 p.m. with a statement from the police chief.

A 3-year-old boy died on Monday after being shot in the head and police said they are investigating what led to the shooting.

Police said the boy’s mother drove him to Medical City Dallas Hospital in North Dallas off US Highway 75 and officers were called to the emergency room around 10 a.m. Police did not say where the shooting occurred.

The boy was pronounced dead in hospital. His name has not been disclosed.

About six Dallas police cars were parked outside the entrance to the hospital’s emergency room around 1 p.m. Police used yellow duct tape to block off the area around a dark-colored metallic Subaru sedan just outside the entrance, where about a dozen Dallas police officers and detectives gathered.

A tow truck transported the car and officers left the hospital around 2:30 p.m. The car appeared to have two small holes in a rear window. There was no other apparent damage to the exterior of the vehicle.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie García said in a written statement that he was confident police would find the person or persons responsible for the shooting.

“I know this particular tragedy weighs as heavily on our community as it does on our homicide detectives,” García said. “There are several unanswered questions that our detectives are working diligently to answer.”

The shooting also prompted calls for justice from Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, who wrote on Twitter this news of the boy’s death “breaks my heart and makes me completely sick. The person responsible for the death of this child must be brought to justice.

Police did not release additional information.

Lillian L. Pena