MIAMI – A four-year-old boy accidentally shot his mother in the back, leaving her – a passionate pro-gun advocate – badly wounded and facing possible charges, Florida officials said Wednesday.
Staunch gun advocate Jamie Gilt, 31, who just a day earlier had boasted online about her toddler’s shooting prowess, was cruising down a major thoroughfare with her son in the back when he shot her on Tuesday. The bullet went through the seat cushion.
“Our investigation has revealed that the firearm was legally owned by the victim and the child came to possess the firearm without the victim’s knowledge,” Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
But they warned that she could face police action after they work out exactly how the boy – who was unharmed and is now with relatives – got his hands on the gun.
The weapon was a .45-caliber handgun the boy found on the floor of the pickup truck, NBC News said, citing police.
The mother and boy were on their way to pick up a horse, said police, who rushed to Gilt’s aid after a police officer slowed to check why the vehicle had stopped.
Gilt, of Jacksonville, Florida promptly told police that her son, who has not been named, had accidentally shot her.