According to the Daily Star UK, a toddler shot his mother and father after getting his hands on a loaded pistol lying on his parents’ bedside table.
The shocking incident occurred just before 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the family’s home in West Bath, Maine, according to police.
Sheriff Joel Merry of Sagadahoc County told local media that the two-year-old boy picked up the gun on the nightstand and shot his father in the head and his mother in the leg.
When the gun’s recoil hit him in the chest, he was also injured.
Thankfully, neither of the boy’s parents, who are 25 and 22, were seriously injured.
They and their son were taken to Mid Coast Hospital for treatment.
Sheriff Merry added the boy’s injury “was minor and, to my understanding, he was immediately released”.
The couple’s other son, a three-week-old newborn, happened to be in the room at the time but was not hurt. The baby is now being looked after by his grandmother, who lives in the same house but was not present at the time of the shooting.
“The question of how the boy was able to pick up and fire the weapon is of great concern and is being investigated,” Sheriff Merry said.
“This situation, while disturbing, could have had an even more tragic ending.”
He added: “We are thankful that the injuries were not more serious.”
The weapon has been identified by the police as a 9mm semi-automatic handgun.
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