A two year old boy who reportedly had his hands on a loaded gun lying on parents’ beside table has shot his mother and father.
Daily Star UK reported that the disturbing incident happened in West Bath, Maine on Wednesday morning around 8am.
According to reports from Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry, the toddler had picked up the gun on the nightstand and shot his dad in the head and his mum in the leg. The two year old also got himself hurt when the gun’s recoil struck him in the face.
The parents as well as the little boy didn’t sustain any life-threatening injuries as they were rushed to Mid Coast Hospital for medical attention.
Sheriff Merry added the boy’s injury “was minor and, to my understanding, he was immediately released”.
The other son of the couple, who is just three weeks old was not disturbed by the incident. He is currently being taken care of by his grandmother who stays in the same house but wasn’t available at the time of the incident. Sheriff Merry said;
“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,”
“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending.”
“We are thankful that the injuries were not more serious.”
The Police has confirmed that the firearm is a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. There hasn’t been any identification of the victims involved in the shooting but then the police noted that invesigation into the incident has begun.
Sheriff Merry said even though such incidents are rare, “they should be taken as a warning to the public to ensure firearms are kept in a locked, secure location out of reach of children”.
“In the 12 years I’ve been sheriff, we’ve never had a situation like this,” he said.
“If you have children, you really should be securing any firearm in a locked closet or cabinet or have a trigger lock.”
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