3-year-old Florida boy accidentally shoots mother, police say

Police: 3-year-old boy accidentally shoots mother

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother Thursday afternoon with his father’s handgun in a shopping plaza parking lot.

The father, who is licensed to have the gun, placed it beneath the seat before getting out of the car around 1:45 p.m. and going into a nearby business, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The boy, his 1-year-old sister and their mother were waiting in the car. The boy got out of his seat, grabbed the gun and accidentally fired it, striking his mother, police said.

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The mother was taken to a hospital. She is in stable condition and is expected to recover, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

It is unclear if any charges would be filed.

FILE PHOTO: A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother Thursday afternoon with his father’s handgun in a shopping plaza parking lot.
FILE PHOTO: A 3-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother Thursday afternoon with his father’s handgun in a shopping plaza parking lot. (tevenet/Pixabay/tevenet/Pixabay)