A 31-year-old woman was accidentally shot in the back by her 4-year-old son while driving in Putnam County, Florida, on March 8 (video below).
"[The boy] came into possession of a handgun inside the vehicle and accidentally shot her through the driver's seat," Putnam County Capt. Joseph Wells told WJXT.
A deputy patrolling the area noticed that a truck attached to a horse trailer was not moving and decided to investigate. The driver, Jamie Gilt, told the deputy that she had been shot, and there was a little boy crying in the back seat.
The deputy rendered medical aid until paramedics arrived and transported Gilt to a hospital in Gainesville, where the woman is reportedly in stable condition.
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The boy was placed in the care of his grandmother while deputies tracked down his father.
Law enforcement also notified the state's Department of Children and Families.
It is against the law in Florida to store or leave a gun where it can be found by a child, but no charges have been filed -- yet.
"Those questions center around how was the firearm secured, where was it carried in the vehicle, and exactly how did the young boy come to be in possession of the firearm?" Wells said.
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A .45-caliber handgun was found on the floor in the back of the truck, The Florida Times-Union reports.
According to family members, Gilt and her son were on their way to pick up a horse when the accident happened.
“There was a booster seat in the back of the vehicle, but however the boy was not strapped in when the deputy got to them,” Wells told The Times-Union.
Gilt reportedly wrote on Facebook about allowing her young son to shoot a gun on March 6, during a debate about store clerks carrying guns. The post has since been removed.
"Some do have guns," Gilt allegedly wrote. "I think they all should if they can legally possess one. Luckily for some of them, sometimes there are concealed carriers around when this happens and they are able to save their lives.
"I can promise though, if someone breaks into my house, or tries to harm me or my family pretty much anywhere, they will be shot and most likely killed. It's my right to protect my life. Not sit around and wait for someone to come pack up my body or take me to the hospital after I've been beaten and raped."
"Even my 4-year-old gets jacked up to target shoot the .22," Gilt reportedly added.