A three-year-old boy has shot his eight-months-pregnant mother and his father after finding a loaded gun in his mother’s purse while looking for her iPod, police said.
The unnamed child was sitting in a motel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Saturday, along with his mom, Monique Villescas, father, Justin Reynolds, and his two-year-old sister, when the shooting occurred.
The boy reportedly reached into his mother’s purse, trying to reach her iPod, but pulled out a loaded gun instead. Moments later, he fired one shot, hitting his father in the right buttock. The bullet then came out of Mr Reynolds’s hip and hit his heavily pregnant girlfriend in the arm, police said. The couple were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A three-year-old boy shot his heavily pregnant mother, Monique Villescas (pictured), and his father on Saturday after reaching into his mother’s purse for her iPod and finding a loaded handgun, police have said.
2. The toddler was sitting in a motel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Ms. Villescas, his father, Justin Reynolds (pictured being transported to hospital), and two-year-old sister when the shooting occurred.
3. The young boy (pictured with Ms. Villescas) reportedly fired one shot, striking his father in the right buttock. The bullet then continued and struck his girlfriend — who is eight months’ pregnant — in the arm.
Mr. Reynolds has since been released from hospital. Ms. Villescas’s condition, however, is unknown. Police have said that the expectant mother seemed to have been “seriously” injured in the shooting.
Right before the incident, the child’s parents were getting ready to order pizza in the room at America’s Best Value Inn, near Menaul and University, where the family were living.
Police arrived at the scene shortly after 2 pm, after Mr. Reynolds called 911. They found the parents suffering from their injuries, while a 9 mm handgun was found on the floor of the motel room.
4. The parents were rushed to hospital. Mr Reynolds has since been released. Ms. Villescas’s condition remains unknown. However, police said she appeared to have been ‘seriously’ injured.
5. Speaking of the incident on Saturday evening Mr. Reynolds (pictured) said: ‘It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That’s how fast it happened. All of a sudden we heard a gun go off’.
Speaking about the incident on Saturday evening Mr. Reynolds said:
It was like if I was to get up shake your hand and sat back down. That’s how fast it happened. All of a sudden we heard a gun go off.
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.
Though Ms. Villescas and Mr. Reynolds have both confirmed the story, the boy and his sister will not be interviewed until a later date, The Albuquerque Journal reports.
6. Although Ms. Villescas (right) and Mr. Reynolds (left) have confirmed what happened in the shooting on Saturday, the boy and his sister will not be interviewed until a later date. The children are in state custody.
7. In the minutes leading up to the incident, the boy’s parents were preparing to order pizza in the room at America’s Best Value Inn (pictured on Saturday), near Menaul and University, where the family has been living.
Albuquerque Police Department officer Simon Drobik told The Albuquerque Journal that police will likely recommend that the parents are charged with felony criminal negligence over the incident. He said:
The child did the damage, but it was because of the negligence of the adults that the child was able to do this. If you are going to be a gun owner, you need to lock it up and keep it safe.
The boy and his younger sister are currently in state custody, according to KOB 4.
And here is the video report:
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