WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A woman in Tennessee is in critical condition after she was shot accidentally by her eight-year-old son on Tuesday night, after finding a gun at a college baseball game in Millington.
- According to a statement released by the Millington Police Department, they arrested 76-year-old Charles McFarland Jr., the gun’s owner, and charged him with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
- The boy, who found the loaded gun inside McFarland’s antique World War II jeep that was on display for Veterans Appreciation Day, thought the gun was a toy and fired it at his mother.
An 8-year-old boy in Tennessee shot his mother by accident at a college baseball game on Tuesday night, according to Millington police. The mother was reported to be in critical condition.
Police arrested the gun’s owner, 76-year-old Charles McFarland Jr., who was charged with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
The woman and her and son attended the annual Babe Howard Classic game at the U.S.A Baseball Stadium in Millington. The boy was playing inside McFarland’s vintage World War II jeep when he found the loaded gun inside, according to police.
The antique vehicle was on display at the stadium as a celebration for veterans, the Millington Police Department said in a statement.
Believing the gun was a toy, he pointed it at his mother and pulled the trigger.
At Tuesday’s news conference, police said that that the unidentified mother was conscious when was taken to the hospital.
No bond has been set yet for McFarland.
Millington Police Chief Mark Dunbar urged people to “Secure your weapons. Everybody’s got a right to carry if they got a carry permit, but you need to use common sense and secure your weapons.”
The game between the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin was suspended because of the shooting, according to NBC News.
Source: NBC News