A 3-year-old boy shot his father and pregnant mother Saturday afternoon after finding a loaded gun in his mother’s purse.
The shooting took place at an America’s Best Value Inn in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The child’s mother, Monique Villescas, and father, Justin Reynolds, along with the boy’s 2-year-old sister, had been living in the motel room.
According to The Daily Mail, the child was reaching into his mother’s purse to find her iPod when instead he found the gun. One shot was fired from the gun, striking Reynolds in the buttock.
The bullet exited through Reynolds’ hip and then struck Villescas in the right shoulder.
Villescas is eight months pregnant. The boy’s sister was sitting next to her mother when the bullet struck her.
"It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That's how fast it happened," Reynolds said. ”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.
“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,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds is grateful the bullet did not hit his girlfriend’s daughter.
The initial investigation points to the event being an accident, Albuquerque police said. The department is waiting to do a safe house interview with the boy and the woman’s daughter before deciding if charges will be filed.
A 9mm handgun was found inside the motel room, reports Albuquerque Journal.
Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik, who was first on the scene, said he will recommend the parents be charged with felony criminal negligence.
“The child did the damage, but it was because of the negligence of the adults that the child was able to do this,” Drobik said. “If you are going to be a gun owner, you need to lock it up and keep it safe, especially around children.”
Both parents were treated at a local hospital. Reynolds has since been released. Villescas remained in the hospital Saturday night in stable condition, reports KOB 4. Doctors are keeping her under observation in case she goes into premature labor.
Both children were placed into the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department. They will remain there for at least 48 hours.