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A five-year-old boy was critically wounded after being shot by an eight-year-old family friend at his Houston home, police say.

Police were called to an address in Denmark St in the Trinity/Houston Gardens neighbourhood at 12.30pm on Saturday, Houston Police Department commander Jonathan Halliday told reporters, according to ABC News.

Before they arrived, the wounded boy’s father took him to Lyndon B Johnson Hospital.

He was transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital where his condition was listed as critical, Mr Halliday said.

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The older child, who police described as a family friend, appeared to have a cut on his head and was also taken to hospital as a precaution.

It was not clear how he suffered the injury.

Three people were being held in connection with the shooting, but no charges have been laid, police said.

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At least one adult was at the home when the gun went off.

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