KILLEEN, Texas -

(AP) - A 2-year-old Central Texas boy has died from wounds suffered when he and another child were attacked by a dog as they walked home from a playground.

Killeen police say the bull mastiff was dragging the boy down a road Saturday in a residential neighborhood when a person who witnessed the attack fired on it. The dog released the 2-year-old and ran away.  

The boy suffered numerous bites and was taken to a hospital where he died. 

Police say the 2-year-old was walking with an 8-year-old girl and a teenager when the dog charged them. It initially attacked the girl but people nearby were able to pull it away. It then turned on the 2-year-old. 

The 8-year-old was hospitalized in stable condition.   

Animal control officers took custody of the dog.

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