Toddler grabs gun, shoots sibling, mother outside Walmart

Toddler grabs gun, shoots sibling, mother outside Walmart

A Texas mother and an 18-month-old child were shot when a toddler accidentally fired a gun outside a Walmart, police said.

The gun went off Wednesday outside a Walmart in Granbury, where investigators said a 2-year-old toddler grabbed it from between a seat and a center console and accidentally fired, striking the child’s younger sibling and mother.

The children’s mother, a 23-year-old Granbury woman, was standing outside the truck next to the driver’s door, while their 26-year-old father was at the rear of the vehicle, police said.

“The bullet went through soft tissue in the [younger child’s] leg, through the mother’s arm, and into her side in her chest area,” Granbury police said in a statement.

The mother and 18-month-old child were rushed to hospitals in Fort Worth after the accidental shooting. The baby’s wound was not believed to be life-threatening, but the woman’s “potentially more serious condition” was unclear Wednesday afternoon, police said. No other injuries were reported.

A Facebook update from the Granbury police about the shooting.
Both victims were rushed to the hospital. The mother is in potentially more serious condition.

No charges were announced by investigators in the incident Wednesday. A message seeking comment from Granbury police was not immediately returned early Thursday.

Police said the shooting occurred at a Walmart on US Highway 377, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

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