A 6-year-old girl shot her grandmother from the back seat of a moving car in Florida, USA, on February 16, according to Fox News.
According to a press release from the North Port Police Department, the girl found her 57-year-old grandmother’s gun in the back seat of the car. She then shot her in the back around 3pm. They added: “A 57-year-old woman reported that her 6-year-old niece had a gun in the back seat of her vehicle and accidentally fired a single shot through the driver’s seat, hitting her lower back. “.
The police department mentioned that the weapon was originally housed in a holster, “hidden in the back pocket of the driver’s seat, under the seat cover”.
Investigate a shooting involving a child. pic.twitter.com/YI2OhNEzTd
– North Port Police (@NorthPortPolice) February 17, 2023
However, the woman was able to drive home and call the US emergency helpline at 911. She was then airlifted to the hospital with “non-life threatening injuries”.
The North Port Police Department added that an investigation has been conducted into the matter and the girl has also been questioned. “An interview with the child was conducted by people at the Child Protection Center in North Port. All other interested parties were also questioned,” they added in the press release.
Sheriff Todd Garrison released a statement and said, “This is an unfortunate example of the importance of gun safety.” Mr Garrison said that while “it looks like everyone will be fine”, the incident “could have been much worse, not only for the grandmother but for the child as well.”
He concluded by saying, “Let’s take the appropriate measures to make sure children can’t have access to guns.”
Police discovered that the shooting was “random” after interviewing the six-year-old boy and others involved.
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