Editor’s note: Part of an ongoing collaboration between The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network to examine issues related to gun violence in America.
By Ryan J. Foley, Larry Fenn and Nick Penzenstadler
The Associated Press
Hours earlier, he was a happy 4-year-old who loved Ironman and the Hulk and all the Avengers. Now, as Bryson Mees-Hernandez approached death in a Houston hospital room, his brain swelling through the bullet hole in his face, his mother assured the boy it was OK to die.