All American Story: Toddler Shoots Pregnant Mom With Dad’s Gun In Parking Lot

By David Moye
The HuffPost (4/18/18)

A 3-year-old in Indiana accidentally shot her pregnant mother, leaving the woman in a critical but stable condition, local media reported.

The child shot Shaneque Thomas, 21, who police said is six weeks pregnant, in the shoulder Tuesday outside a Plato’s Closet thrift store in Merrillville.

This incident is similar to a 2016 case that happened in Florida. The 4-year-old son of a gun-rights advocate accidentally shot her as she was driving.

Police said Menzo Brazier, the victim’s boyfriend and father of her two kids, ages 3 and 1, left his legal 9-millimeter handgun loaded in between the console and his front passenger seat before going in the store, according to Chicago station WFLD.

After that, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter somehow grabbed the gun and pulled the trigger. The bullet went through the back of the seat and struck Thomas in her right shoulder.

“[The girl] had no idea what she had done and she was very scared,” Detective Sgt. James Bogner told NBC Chicago.

Police said she got out of the driver seat and collapsed after opening the door to the back seat where her children were. …

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