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3-Year-Old Shoots Dad and Pregnant Mother

February 2, 2015 in Blogs

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

The toddler found the gun in his mom's purse.

A 3-year-old boy reaching for an iPad in his mother’s purse ended up pulling out a handgun, and shot both his father and pregnant mother at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, according to KOBF-TV 4.

A single bullet hit the boy’s father, Justin Reynolds, in the buttocks, then exited through his hip and hit the boy’s mother, Monique Villescas, in the right shoulder. Villescas’ 2-year-old daughter was sitting next to her at the time of the shooting but was unharmed.

The Albuquerque Police Department believes the shooting was accidental but are reportedly waiting to interview the boy and the 2-year-old girl before determining if any charges will be filed.

Reynolds and Villescas were getting ready to order pizza before the incident.

“It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That's how fast it happened, ” Reynolds told KOBF-TV 4. “All of a sudden we heard a gun go off and the next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding. Then I sat down and realized I was shot too.”

He called 911 after the shooting.

“I just took action right away,” Reynolds told KOBF-TV. “I was more worried about my girlfriend than myself and anything else that was going on. And my son because I didn't know if he had shot himself or not. He was shocked and crying. It was traumatizing.”

Reynolds was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon. Villescas is in stable condition; doctors are keeping an eye on her in case she goes into labor early.

The two kids were placed with the Children, Youth and Families Department for 48 hours. The case will be forwarded to the DA's office to determine if the parents will be charged with felony criminal negligence.

“The Albuquerque Police Department cannot emphasize enough that if you choose to be a gun owner, always secure and lock up your firearm out of the reach of children and adolescents,” Officer Simon Drobik said Saturday.

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