A woman at a baseball game remains in critical condition after she was accidentally shot by her 8-year-old child, police said on Tuesday.
According to the report from ABC News, the mother and her son were attending USA Stadium in Millington early in the week, attending the University of Memphis’ baseball game against the University of Tennessee at Martin during the annual W.S. “Babe” Howard Classic.
During the game, the woman’s son was exploring the interior of an antique World War II Jeep that was on display as part of Veterans Appreciation Day. That’s when he found an unsecured handgun stashed inside the vehicle.
But the child didn’t believe the gun to be real. He picked it up, pointed it at his mother and fired.
Chief Mark Dunbar commented on the situation.
“The juvenile believed it was a toy gun. He picked the gun up, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot his mother. It was an accident, pure and simple,” Dunbar said.
Calls came into police reporting shots fired just before 6:30pm, and the baseball game was suspended and fans exited the stadium while authorities handled the situation.
The mother was rushed to the hospital where she remains in critical condition.
Police are investigating into why the gun was unsecured and available in such a public setting, especially with the amount of children involved at the scene.
The owner of the Jeep, Charles McFarland, 76, was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
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“Secure your weapons. If you got a weapon, everybody’s got a right to carry if they’ve got a permit. But you need to use common sense about securing your weapons,” Chief Dunbar said.
The The University of Memphis released a statement following the incident.
“We are saddened by the unfortunate accidental shooting at the baseball game at USA Stadium in Millington. The University of Memphis is cooperating fully with authorities in the investigation. Our deepest thoughts are with the family.”
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