3-year-old boy shoots father, pregnant mother in New Mexico

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(CNN) — A 3-year-old boy shot his father and pregnant mother over the weekend inside a hotel room in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Police say the boy removed a handgun from his mother’s purse Saturday and fired one shot, striking his father in the lower backside.

The bullet apparently exited through the father’s hip and hit the mother in the right shoulder. She is eight months pregnant, said Officer Simon Drobik of the Albuquerque Police Department.

The father was treated and released from the hospital while the mother was hospitalized in stable condition. The condition of her unborn child is unknown.

Justin Reynolds told KOB that he and his girlfriend, Monique Villescas, were getting ready to order pizza when he heard a gun go off.

“The next minute I realized my girlfriend was bleeding,” he told NBC News station KOB. “Then I sat down and realized I was shot too.”

Reynolds said he immediately called 911 and grabbed some towels to try to stop Villescas’ bleeding.

“I just took action right away. 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. It was traumatizing,” said Reynolds.

The boy and his 2-year-old sister, who was also in the hotel room, are under the care of the Children’s Youth and Families department. They were not injured in the incident.

Drobik says the case has been sent to Albuquerque District Attorney’s Office, which will determine whether the parents will be charged with criminal negligence.

 

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